Anxiety, heart palpitations, dizziness, chest pains and insomnia. They sound like the symptoms of a serious illness no parent would wish upon their child.
Did you know they’re also the symptoms of caffeine toxicity that can be brought on by consuming too many energy drinks?
With a 250mL can of Red Bull containing almost seven teaspoons of sugar, these drinks aren’t just unhealthy – they can place our kids’ health in serious danger.
Red Bull admit it themselves: “we do not recommend Red Bull energy drink to children”. Other leading manufacturers, including V, Mother and Monster, openly agree. The problem is, their self-regulation isn’t working. While teens are restricted from purchasing alcohol or tobacco, energy drinks are a free-for-all.
We’ve heard from teens who are guzzling energy drinks daily to support late night study habits, party for longer and even as a ‘legal’ high. With the year 12 HSC exams underway and schoolies just around corner, these products are hugely concerning for parents.
What’s even more concerning is the horror stories we’re hearing from the experts.
One doctor has seen teens cause irreversible heart damage as a result of energy drink overconsumption. Another is regularly faced with the serious consequences of teen insomnia, including inability to focus in class, as a direct result of energy drink dependence. Another simply refers to them as “brain chemistry Molotov cocktails”.
Researchers agree that the warnings on energy drinks exist for a reason and must be enforced.
The sale of energy drinks to under-18s must be restricted before another child becomes a statistic.