Energy drinks

/ 15 March 2018

Do The Right Thing is calling for a complete ban on the sale of energy drinks to under-16s. Our campaign is supported by England’s Children’s Commissioner, the NEU and NASUWT teachers unions.

Drinking too many energy drinks can have serious health implications for children. Potential side effects include diabetes, seizures, cardiac abnormalities, high blood pressure, convulsions and mood/behavioural disorders. 19-year-old Beth Game has made it her mission to spread awareness of the dangers of these drinks after being hospitalised for drinking too many.

Beth started drinking five to six energy drinks a day when she was just 11 years old. At 15, she collapsed and was rushed to hospital, where they discovered her heart rate had risen to an alarming 320 BPM. Beth was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia and put on medication.

1 in 10 teachers and school leaders identify high caffeinated energy drinks as the main contributor to poor pupil behaviour. Chris Keates from one of the main teachers’ unions, the NASUWT, says: ‘Action is needed to regulate the sale of these drinks which is basically legal highs at school dinner money prices’.

MP Maria Caulfield has met families directly affected by energy drinks. She encourages our viewers to sign the petition set up by teacher Louise Martin to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s.

If you would like to sign the petition to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s, please visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/214334