Energy drink ban for youth could follow sugar tax


British Prime Minister Theresa May said the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 could be banned in England following fears the beverages might be affecting children’s health.

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The government is asking for input on what the age limit for the proposed ban might be. It has proposed a ban for those under 16 and under 18 years of age.

Energy drinks often contain very high levels of sugar and caffeine, and if consumed excessively  can lead to a host of pathologies such as obesity and tooth decay, experts warn.

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What other measures has the UK government taken to tackle sugar consumption?

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