WE ARE WHAT WE DRINK
But what do we drink ? A recent British Government study tells us in quite a lot of detail.
- In 2008 our average daily liquid consumption was almost exactly 2 litres per person, the amount recommended and similar to 30 years ago.
- Tap water accounted for around 1.3 litres of this, up from about 1.1 litres in 1978, much of it being used in hot drinks.
- In the spring of 2008, tea was the most popular drink with a 33% share, followed by soft drinks on 26% and coffee on 22%. Coffee fell to 14% in the summer, while soft drinks rose to 29%.
- Two thirds or more of tea (77%), fruit juice (74%), coffee (68%) and soft drinks (66%) were consumed at home. Work was the next most important place for many categories. 41% of alcohol was drunk in pubs and bars, compared with 48% at home.
- Our drinks preferences vary markedly at different times of day. Mornings between 07.00 and 11.00 accounted for 44% of coffee, 38% of tea and 39% of fruit juice. Afternoons were responsible for 41% of fizzy drinks. 45% of alcohol and 32% of fizzy drinks were consumed in the early evening. 47% of hot milky drinks and 40% of alcohol were drunk after 21.00.
- Our drinks repertoire is very wide. 86% of us drink tap water, 79% tea, 79% fruit juice, 70% coffee, 70% squash, 63% fizzy drinks, 59% milk, 58% beer/cider, 56% wine and 53% still bottled water.
- 26% of us treat our tap water in some way. 18% use filters, 13% boil it first and 8% use sterilising tablets.