Britain's reputation as a nation of tea-lovers has been confirmed with a new study showing that one in four people has at least five cups a day.
A survey of 2,000 adults by the charity WRVS revealed an average consumption of over three cuppas a day, with a minority admitting to drinking more than 10.
Most of those polled said they preferred their tea strong, with two out of five using the same cup or mug, with 6% preferring a cup and saucer.
WRVS conducted the research to mark its Great Brew Break from April 29 to May 5, to raise funds to tackle loneliness among older people.
Verity Haines, WRVS executive director of marketing and development, said: "A cup of tea, especially when it comes with a friendly ear, is a welcome combination, particularly to many of the older people we support who may not see anyone but a WRVS volunteer that week.
"In May, we celebrate our 75th anniversary and, throughout the years, the charity has become renowned for its tea making abilities. Our focus now is on improving the lives of older people and the money raised through this campaign will mean more older people will benefit from the practical support, comfort and kindness our volunteers provide."
Two out of five people in Scotland take sugar in their tea, compared with one in four in Yorkshire and the Humber, the study found.