Government Bans Energy drink sales to children in England.

UK Ministers will ban the sale of Red Bull, Monster Energy and other energy drinks to children in England amid growing concern about the impact that the high-caffeine, high-sugar drinks are having on young people’s health, reports The Guardian.

The principal justification for the ban is the high level of caffeine in the energy drinks, which has been linked to a string of health problems for children, including head and stomach aches, as well as hyperactivity and sleep problems.

Theresa May said the consultation was linked to the government’s childhood obesity strategy and said it was necessary to examine the consumption of energy drinks “often because they are sold at cheaper prices than soft drinks”.

Two-thirds of children aged 10 to 17 and a quarter of six to nine-year-olds consume energy drinks, according to the government announcement.

Do you think Australia needs to follow their lead?

A poll on the Sunrise FB page saw thousands of people say YES it should be banned for anyone under 18.

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  • They are dangerous to anyone who drinks them but can be deadly to children, many use them to stay awake to play video games while others use them so they can study more & stay alert during exams. I wish they banned them years ago when 1 of my kids asked for them while doing his HSC & when I said no he went & purchased them himself.


  • Why would you give a child an energy drink? They have enough energy and I don’t believe it would be good for them.


  • There is absolutely no reason why a child should need an energy drink! If you think your child needs an energy boost then there are bigger health issues that need to be assessed!


  • Absolutely. I am mortified by the number of young kids that drink these Energy drinks. There is so much wrong with this. And it just leads to them now adding alcohol for that quicker buzz and rush. Energy drinks are not good for all sorts of reasons and I’m constantly telling my son, who is already hypo, why he has no need for them. I see students of all ages, young adults with their children, drinking these for breakfast. Yuk! What hope is there?


  • I really don’t like energy drinks and the fact that kids can buy them i think is wrong. Each to their own, but these drinks are loaded with all sorts of nasties and I don’t want my kids drinking them. The fact that they can go buy them themselves I think is wrong.


  • yes I think that Energy drinks should not be available to children, their bodies are still growing and do not need added stimulous to interact with this. Balanced diet and drinks to enhance growth and wellbeing are what their bodies need to be healthy as possible.


  • Yes, definitely they’re not good for adults let alone kids- almost as bad as drugs!


  • Yes of course… Ban them… Let our kids grow healthy


  • Good idea. Australia should look at doing the same thing too.


  • Of course these drinks should be banned for children. As an adult I didn’t always follow the recommendations for how many cans or bottles I should have had in a day. I doubt a child would think of that at all. Given what these drinks can do to your heart, it’s not a good idea that they be available for growing bodies.


  • Yes, they should be banned for children. I wouldn’t mind if they take them of the market all together.


  • I don’t imagine many parents would buy this for their children and do children like to to buy energy drinks? Would love to see some stats on the consumption of energy drinks out of interest.

    • They always seem to be on special in bulk at service stations which is why I wonder how well they actually sell?


  • A lot of energy drinks have a high caffeine level the same as coffee does. For some people including adults it can cause heart palpitations and discomfort.


  • Yes. There is plenty of proof that these drinks are not safe or suitable for children.


  • Yes 100%. There’s no nutritional value for kids and it’s not good for them


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