The UK is getting set to ban children from buying energy drinks in the government's continued crackdown on childhood obesity.
When it comes to getting that much-needed hit of caffeine, especially early in the day, there are a number of ways you can go about it. The most popular is coffee, of course, but the much easier option is to pick up an energy drink. The cold beverages are packed with caffeine and sugar so they are certain to give you a boost shortly after you consume one.
As you know if you have children, or may even remember from being a child yourself, coffee isn't exactly popular with that demographic. Energy drinks, on the other hand, are. In fact, they may even be more popular with kids than adults. According to a study conducted in the UK, around two-thirds of 10 to 17-year-olds consume energy drinks. A quarter of children aged six to nine are fans of the sugary beverages.
That's why the government in the UK is currently in the process of implementing a ban that will stop children from being able to purchase energy drinks, as reported by The Guardian. The ban will incorporate any drink that has more than 150mg of caffeine per liter, so that includes all the hits like Red Bull, Relentless, Monster, and Rockstar. In fact, a 500ml can of Monster contains 160mg, more than what is considered safe for a 14-year-old to consume in an entire day.
The steps being put in place by the UK government are following a tax that was introduced earlier this year, increasing the price of sugary drinks like Coca-Cola. However, as pointed out by Prime Minister Theresa May, energy drinks are often still "sold at cheaper prices than soft drinks," hence these next steps.
Once the finer details are ironed out and the ban is in place, it will only apply in England, for now. However, it is strongly assumed that Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will eventually follow suit. It is also unclear how old someone will need to be to be affected by the ban with those in charge still undecided as to whether it should be enforced on everyone under 16 or 18.