There’s nothing better than a freshly brewed cup of that sweet, steaming nectar – the infamous cup of tea.
It can soothe woes, bring people together and be the perfect early morning comforter – but are Scots drinking too much of the stuff? And how much is too much?
Ahead of National Tea Day on Sunday, thanks to research produced by ScS, we take a dip into the habits of the country when it comes to the beloved cuppa and reveal how Scotland compares to the rest of the UK.
Scots drink an average of four cups a day. That equates to a whopping 22m cuppas consumed.
It doesn’t come close to Northern Ireland however, whose average citizen drinks eight cups a day.
But even more tea-tastic than Northern Ireland, one in 20 (5%) Brits admit to having a remarkable 12 cups of tea in a single day.
The most popular time for tea-drinkers is 8am with an epic 1.9m Scots sipping a brew at this time in the morning.
Men also revealed they drink more tea than women – having an average of 5.2 cups a day while women have 4.4 brews a day on average.
Men were also twice as likely to have more than 12 cups in a day, with 6% compared to just 3% of women.
In terms of tea habits differing by profession, electricians were revealed to be the biggest brew drinkers, on average drinking a staggering 11 cups of tea in a day.
Top ten tea drinking professions and the average cups drank a day:
Electricians – 11.4 cups
Architect – 8.2 cups
Doctor – 7.2 cups
Chef – 7 cups
Mechanic – 6.7 cups
Lawyer – 6.3 cups
IT specialist – 6 cups
Secretary – 5.9 cups
Engineer – 5.6 cups
Plumber – 5.4 cups
Commenting on the research, Dale Gillespie, from ScS, said: “It’s no shock to see how much Scotland loves tea – I’m sure a lot of people couldn’t go without a cuppa to get them through the day.
“Although tea might be affecting our sleep, it seems as though nothing could stop the nation from drinking our beloved hot drink entirely, but it’s definitely worth being mindful when drinking lots of caffeine if we’re hoping for a better night’s kip. ”
Find out more about the nation’s tea drinking habits here