Brits have turned to a cuppa for these 20 reasons

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The top 20 moments we turn to a cuppa include when solving a problem, settling down in front of the TV - and nursing a hangover.

Research of 2,000 adults discovered a cup of tea is often present as we progress throughout our day - from the moment we wake up to kick start the morning and after a stressful day, as well as after suffering a bereavement, following an argument and to cure a hangover.

Consuming an average of three cups a day, 64 per cent of tea drinkers think sipping on a brew can be a mindful moment.

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And getting a boost of positivity (32 per cent), clearing their mind (31 per cent) and a burst of motivation (21 per cent) are among the reasons for enjoying a cuppa.

The research was commissioned by PG Tips to mark the launch of its advert with Top Boy star Ashley Walters, Mercury Prize winning Ezra Collective and Oscar-winning director Sir Steve McQueen.

Ashley Walters, who overcomes self-doubt and finds inner courage over a cup of tea in the advert, said: “We’ve all grown up with tea being a big part of our lives, marking every occasion from starting the day to a family celebration.

"For me, enjoying a cuppa is an opportunity to pause, re-gather, re-energise and focus. We want to redefine the break as just that - a moment to notice your busy brain, to brew a cup of the good stuff, and from the first sip start to process, prioritise and mentally manage.”

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Ashley Walters says a cuppa is the perfect opportunity to pause, re-gather and re-focusAshley Walters says a cuppa is the perfect opportunity to pause, re-gather and re-focus
Ashley Walters says a cuppa is the perfect opportunity to pause, re-gather and re-focus | PG Tips

The perfect pick-me-up

The research revealed 42 per cent find themselves needing to take breaks to clear their head, with 32 per cent claiming a busy mind makes them struggle to unpick their issues.

As a result, 69 per cent of tea sippers find a cuppa is just what they need when they have a problem to solve.

With 22 per cent of these saying a brew allows them to figure out solutions as it gives them the capacity to think – a key factor to everyday progress.

Conducted via OnePoll, the poll also revealed 38 per cent opt for a cuppa to help regroup their thoughts, more than would reach for a coffee (32 per cent), turn to a friend (25 per cent) or journal (11 per cent) in the same scenario.

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It also emerged 48 per cent will feel refreshed post tea break, with 26 per cent feeling happy and 23 per cent uplifted.

A spokesperson for PG Tips added: “We would agree with the seven in 10 who say tea is just what you need when you have to take some time out to solve a problem – in fact, a cup of tea brings a moment to pause with a fresh perspective.

“Above all, it’s about community and connecting with those around you.”

Top 20 occasions Brits turn to a cup of tea

  1. To unwind
  2. To warm up
  3. When settling down to watch TV
  4. To wake up in the morning
  5. After a stressful day
  6. To calm nerves
  7. When attempting to focus
  8. For an energy boost
  9. After receiving some bad news
  10. To solve a problem
  11. Before going to bed
  12. When trying to kill time
  13. When studying
  14. After suffering a bereavement
  15. When having a difficult conversation with someone
  16. To remind yourself of home when you are away
  17. To help cure a hangover
  18. When feeling confused
  19. After a confrontation at work
  20. After an argument with a loved one

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