Norway’s Consumer Council: More and more children are consuming energy drinks – we need an age limit

Red bull - Burn - energy drinkPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Children and young people in Norway are drinking more energy drinks than before. The Consumer Council fears sleep disorders and other health problems will increase.

“After a decline in 2019, we now see a sharp increase in consumption. It is particularly disturbing to see the development among the youngest children in the survey. One in four children aged ten to twelve who stated that they use energy drinks said they did so every week,” CEO Inger Lise Blyverket in the Consumer Council warned.

The increase is greatest among girls and in younger age groups. 43% of those who drink energy drinks do so weekly, the council’s spring survey shows.

From 2015 to 2020, the total consumption of energy drinks in Norway went from 19 to 55 million liters – close to a tripling in six years.

Blyverket believes that the authorities must now introduce measures, emphasizing the council’s desire for a 16-year age limit. 

“Children have a lower tolerance limit for caffeine because they have low body weight. They thus risk sleep disorders and other negative health effects even with a very low intake (of energy drinks). In addition, it is addictive,” Blyverket said.

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