Half of children and young people drink energy drinks, and nearly half of these have experienced side effects due to energy drinks according to a new survey.
The Consumer Council’s investigation shows that they have created side effects such as tremors, palpitations, hyperactivity, headaches and chest pains.
Energy drinks are drunk to stay awake in connection with school work,but also when young people are with friends. Four out of ten children aged between 10 and 15 state that they drink energy drinks because their friends do.
Approximately 16% of those aged between 10 and 12 report advertisements as a reason they drink energy drinks. Among young people between the ages of 15 and 18, four out of ten have tried mixing energy drinks with alcohol.
‘’This shows a worrying development.Energy drinks have become part of the diet of even more children and adolescents,” said Gunstein Instefjord,Senior Vice President for Trade in the Consumer Council.
While 54% of the boys said they drink energy drinks, 41% of the girls reported that they do the same. The increase in the share of energy drinks from 2015 to 2018 is equal for both sexes at 13%.
In less than three years, the percentage of children and young people who drink energy drinks has increased significantly, and most among those are younger than 16, compared to the survey conducted by the Consumer Council three years ago. In the 10 to 12 year age group, the increase is from 8 to 19%,in the 13 to 15 year age group, the increase is from 32 to 53%, and in the age group between 16 to 18 years, the increase is from 62 to 70%.
Due to the harmful effects, the Council believes that children and young people should be protected through a ban on sale to minors.
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