Here in South Africa, tea is like a national drink, but our obsession doesn’t come close to the English. A new survey reveals that Britons use 61-billion tea bags a year, which is enough to cover almost 31 000 soccer pitches.

The poll, commissioned by tea brand JING Tea, surveyed 2000 tea drinkers to find out more about their consumption patterns. On average, participants use four tea bags a day, which equals 1460 per person per year.

One-third of tea drinkers turn to a cosy cup of tea for comfort, while over one in 20 use tea as a crutch during a crisis. It’s thus no surprise that during lockdown, tea drinking has seen a 27% increase.

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