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Tea drinking as a global phenomenon (tea is the second highest consumed drink in the world; the highest is water) is less than two hundred years old. When it was introduced in Great Britain, it was largely a drink of the nobility.
Poor Irish women who drank tea in the 19th century might as well have been chugging a bottle of whiskey. Critics viewed the provocative kettle as stifling to their country’s economic growth and the tea-chugging habit as reckless and uncontrollable. Tea was a waste of time and money, luring working girls away from their never ending husband and home-tending duties.