Gym ban on energy drinks to children

Monday 5th August 2019

All publicly-funded sports centres across Scotland have banned the sale of energy drinks to children aged under 16.

The restriction, which applies to soft drinks with an added caffeine content of more than 150mg per litre, has been introduced in 1,300 facilities.

The measure has been implemented by Community Leisure UK, the umbrella body for over 85% of Scotland’s publicly-funded leisure and culture facilities, in conjunction with the Scottish Government.

However, the seven local authorities not covered by Community Leisure UK have also banned the drinks.

Research by the World Health Organisation has linked excessive consumption of energy drinks by children to health issues such as headaches, sleeping problems, irritation and tiredness.

In May, the Scottish Government announced shops in hospitals would no longer sell these type of drinks to children, with calls from paediatricians for a complete ban in all shops.

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick says the latest move will build on the ban of energy drinks to under-16s in all hospital retail units and NHS-run catering sites.

He added: “The Scottish Government recognises that consumption of energy drinks is a significant concern to parents, healthcare professionals and young people.

“This ban delivers on the promise we made in our diet and healthy weight delivery plan last year and we have committed to a consultation on restricting the sale of energy drinks to under-16s later this year.”