This study investigates the status of tea consumption in the study area. Random sampling technique was used to select Oyo and Ogun States from the Southwestern part of Nigeria where the study was carried out. Three Local Government Areas (LGAs) were randomly selected from the two States while a total of 120 tea consumers were randomly selected from the two States for the study. The information collected from the consumers was analysed using descriptive statistics and multivariate regression model. The result of the analysis shows that tea is consumed mostly by the respondents with the age bracket 31-40 years while consumers who are members of one association or the other consume more tea than those that are non-members. Furthermore, 91.7% of the respondents consume tea showing that tea is widely consumed in the study area and majority (85.8%) of the consumers consumed lipton tea. Majority (72.5%) of the consumers submitted that they consume tea because it is good for their health while 14.2% of the consumers claimed that they consume tea as a stimulant. The factors that significantly determine the quantity of tea consumption in the study area are age of consumer, gender of consumer, household size, frequency of tea consumption, tea purchasing point and the purpose of tea consumption. The study recommended that tea consumers should be sensitized on the need to consume tea on daily basis.
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