Energy Drinks Policy

Energy Drinks Policy


Drinks will be confiscated until the end of the school day. Disciplinary procedures will be implemented if students refuse to hand over the energy drink.

These include:

  • Teacher conference.
  • Afterschool detention.
  • Internal time out with Year head/Form teacher/Principal/Vice Principal.
  • Possible suspension.

A report produced by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2013 showed that the use of energy drinks among young people in the UK is extremely high, especially when compared to other EU Member States.  

  • Some of the key findings for the UK include:
  • 69% of teenagers drank energy drinks in the last year. 
  • 17.7% of adolescents were “chronic users” (consuming 1.065 litres of energy drinks, or more, per session). 
  • UK teenagers consume more energy drinks by volume than any of the other 16 EU Member States studied.

Top 10 Energy Drink Side Effects

Recent research in Australia has highlighted the risks with over-consumption of energy drinks. This data was gathered from 7 years of calls to the Australian Poisons Centre.

Listed in order of most common to least common:

  1. Palpitations/tachycardia
  2. Tremor/shaking
  3. Agitation/restlessness
  4. Gastrointestinal upset
  5. Chest pain/ischaemia
  6. Dizziness/syncope
  7. Paraesthesia (tingling or numbing of the skin)
  8. Insomnia
  9. Respiratory distress
  10. Headache

Energy Drinks: Side Effects & Learning Problems . . .

1. Recent studies have consistently demonstrated that the consumption of energy drinks by children and adolescents are not only un healthy but dangerous with additional risks for those young people who take medications of have mental health conditions such as ADHD.  A growing number of countries have banned them all together with another group putting in place age restrictions for their sale and consumption.  Those with ADHD, cardiac problems, or other mental health issues can be adversely affected by ingesting these highly caffeinated beverages.  The average single serving of an energy drink contains over 100 mg of caffeine (per 8 oz. kids often consume upwards of 20 0z.) and over 12 teaspoons of sugar!  Sugar and caffeine in this high a dose impedes attention, concentration, and our ability to learn…Lithuania becomes first EU country to ban energy drink sales to teensPublished time: May 15, 2014 21:03 

Selling energy drinks to minors will soon be illegal in Lithuania, as the parliament voted overwhelmingly to ban highly caffeinated beverages to people under the age of 18. Lithuania is the first EU country to enact such a ban.The ban, which includes non-alcoholic beverages containing more than 150 milligrams per liter of caffeine, will take effect in November. It also applies to beverages containing a range of stimulants like guarana, ginsenosides, glucuronolactone, and taurine. While considering the measure, the Baltic state’s government cited health concerns, stating that a high concentration of caffeine may lead to addiction and hyperactivity. Citing scientists, the parliamentarians also stressed that it may encourage youngsters to try drugs. As a result, lawmakers unanimously voted for the ban, with only six people choosing to abstain.

Now Lithuania, an EU member since 2004, hopes other countries in the 28-member bloc will follow suit. "According to our survey, a majority of other nations say that they only have recommendations in place, not bans," ministry official Almantas Kranauskas said. "I think it will serve as an impetus for other countries. Many of them are still hesitating and might be influenced by the lucrative energy drinks industry." Critics do claim the ban might have a negative influence on the soft drinks industry in Lithuania. "It is wrong to think that these restrictions could be conducive to improving business conditions. It will trigger significant chaos and huge costs," liberal lawmaker Eugenijus Gentvilas said. In addition, critics have pointed out that coffee also contains caffeine, stressing that energy drinks aren't the only culprit. "I'm not sure which products fall into the definition; it is not only energy drinks, but coffee,” local 15 news portal quoted a member of the liberal movement Remigijus Simasius. "Taurine is now put not only in drinks but in chewing gum, chocolates, and candies too," another opponent told the news portal. MP Alma Monkauskaite objected to the arguments, saying that energy drinks contain up to ten times more caffeine than coffee. “It is important to public health, even though a bit of a disruption to business,” she said, according to website. Pupils breakfasting on energy drinks By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter October 2013.

Energy drinks can have very high levels of caffeine and are not usually recommended for children One in 20 teenage pupils goes to school on a can of energy drink instead of a good breakfast, a survey suggests.A third of UK teenagers eat unhealthy breakfasts such as fry-ups or crisps, the poll of 2,000 youngsters aged between 12 and 18 suggests. Four out of 10 skip breakfast altogether to lose weight, the poll for the Make Mine Milk campaign suggests.Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the results were a worry.He said pupils breakfasting on energy drinks, which are not usually recommended for children, was something he had seen as a head teacher.'Hyperactive' "When children arrive in schools having started the day eating or drinking totally inappropriate things like that, they are in no fit state to be in the classroom."They can be hyperactive, and it can have a very negative effect on their behaviour."He added that parents should be ensuring that their children were eating good breakfasts, rather than sending them off with money to buy something on the way to school.He added: "There's a lot of advertising with these drinks and they are fashionable, and teenagers love things that are fashionable."Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), also said it was vital that children had a good and nutritious breakfast to set them up for the day and enable them to concentrate in class. "A healthy breakfast is also important in stopping children become fractious and badly behaved. "It is worrying to think that some children are breakfasting on energy drinks, such as Red Bull, which are stuffed full of sugar and stimulants and have little nutritional value."School breakfast clubs can play a key role in making sure children have had a good breakfast before they start school to help their learning. And we would like children to be taught about healthy eating, so they learn about healthy diets and how to cook nutritious meals."

Caffeine content in such energy drinks ranges from about 8mg of caffeine - about the same as an espresso coffee - to as much as 400mg.'Shot style' Some of the smaller "shot style" products can contain as much as 175mg of caffeine in a 60ml bottle.Drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre (mg/l) must be labelled with the term "high caffeine content", and the Food Standards Agency recommends that children should only "consume in moderation drinks with high levels of caffeine".The makers of the Red Bull Energy Drink did not wish to comment on the issue raised but its website says: "Red Bull Energy Drink's special formula has been appreciated worldwide by top athletes, students, and when undertaking demanding work or during long drives." It adds the drink is "the ideal equipment when you are active and keen to set personal bests".