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Petitioning Minister for Health The Hon Peter Dutton MP and 15 others

Ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to under-18s before another child becomes a statistic #clipredbullswings


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.

Letter to
Minister for Health The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Australian Local Government Association Councillor Bill McArthur
WA Minister for Agriculture and Food The Hon Ken Baston MLC
and 13 others
WA Minister for Health The Hon Dr Kim Hames MLA
VIC Minister for Agriculture and Food Security The Hon Peter Walsh MP
VIC Minister for Health The Hon David Davis MLC
TAS Minister for Health The Hon Michelle O'Byrne MP
SA Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries The Hon Gail Gago MLA
SA Minister for Health and Ageing The Hon Jack Snelling MP
QLD Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry The Hon John McVeigh MP
QLD Minister for Health The Hon Lawrence Springborg MP
NT Minister for Health The Hon Robyn Lambley MLA
NSW Minister for Health The Hon Jillian Skinner MP
NSW Minister for Primary Industries The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP
ACT Minister for Health Ms Katy Gallagher MLA
NZ Minister for Food Safety The Hon Nikki Kaye MP
Ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to under-18s before another child becomes a statistic #clipredbullswings

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