Our response to the consultation on energy drinks

20 November 2018

Thank you for responding to our survey on energy drinks. With our partners at Children's Food Campaign we've been able to draw a very clear conclusion; teachers support a ban on sales of energy drinks to children and young people.

The survey ran from 18 October to 9 November 2018, and received 768 responses from teachers working from pre-primary/reception years through to 18 years.  Here's what we learned:

  • 97% of teachers overall were supportive of introducing a ban on sales to children and young people

  • 64% of teachers told us their school already has a policy on the sale and consumption of energy drinks, but young people are still consuming them on the way to and from school 

  • As a result, 140 teachers mentioned changes in students' behaviour, with 29 specifically using the term ‘disruptive’

  • 93 teachers talked about students struggling to concentrate, and 55 talked about problems with lack of focus in class.

You can read our response to the government's consultation here.




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