Sunday 16 December 2018

Boots Ireland bans sale of energy drinks to under-16s from today

Energy drinks: Described as ‘readily available legal highs’
Energy drinks: Described as ‘readily available legal highs’
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Boots Ireland has announced it will ban the sale of energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre to children under the age of 16.

Currently, all high-caffeine energy drinks carry labelling stating they are not suitable for children, in line with industry guidelines.

Some energy drinks contain up to 17-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar and have the caffeine equivalent of two or three cups of coffee.

“Helping our customers to live healthier lives has always been our core purpose. We have listened to the growing public concern about young people consuming these high sugar, highly-caffeinated drinks,” a Boots spokesperson commented.

“We are doing the right thing in our stores in Ireland to help further restrict their access.”

From today, Boots Ireland will have a till bar system in place where anyone thought to be under the age of 16 will be asked to prove that they are 16 or older.

Aldi became the first retailer in Ireland to announce its ban on the sale of energy drinks to children. Its ban has been effective from last Thursday.

Obesity expert Donal O'Shea has warned that high amounts of caffeine in young people can cause death.

"If an adult had three double espressos, they would be certainly be feeling very high levels of anxiety, along with an increase in their heartbeat. Now think of what the same level of caffeine would have in a child's body," he previously told the Irish Independent.

"Drinking high levels of caffeine, especially for children with undetected cardiac rhythm problems, is very dangerous."

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