The sale of energy drinks to young people is to be banned
Over two thirds of young people in Germany consume energy drinks. Such drinks can be dangerous primarily because of their high caffeine content. The SPD health politician Ursula Schulte is now working to ensure that such products can no longer be sold to children and adolescents.
More than every third young person drinks energy drinks
Energy drinks have been growing in popularity for years. "Almost 70 percent of all young people drink energy drinks, and one in four of them do more than is healthy," the Consumer Advice Center North Rhine-Westphalia writes on its website. In fact, such drinks can be particularly harmful to the health of children and teenagers. Therefore, an age restriction for energy drinks is now required again.
Health risks from stimulating drinks
Health experts have been advising caution about energy drinks for years. One can see which dangers are looming on a website that shows what happens in the body after a can of Red Bull.
After high consumption, this can lead to a rapid heart rate or high blood pressure. Adolescents in particular consume too much caffeine from such drinks.
A ban on energy drinks for teenagers has been under consideration for years. So far, little has happened in this country.
But now there is a push by a German politician: As the "Saarbrücker Zeitung" reports on Monday, the SPD health politician Ursula Schulte wants to protect children and adolescents from the dangers of energy drinks with a sales ban.
"There must also be an age restriction in Germany," the spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag for consumer health protection told the newspaper.
Sales to teenagers under 16 stopped
According to the information, some retail chains in the UK have already stopped selling energy drinks to young people under 16. It is said that the German discounters Aldi and Lidl are among them.
"What is possible in Great Britain must also be possible in this country," said Schulte.
According to the Saarbrücker Zeitung, the SPD politician asked the Federal Minister of Food Julia Klöckner (CDU) to "negotiate with industry".
After all, consuming too much of the extremely caffeinated and stimulating drinks, especially in children, could have fatal side effects. (ad)