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Schoolchildren show addiction to caffeine

The Times follows up on the caffeine story of last week:

He [Bob Tait from Drug Education UK] warned nurses to look out for pupils complaining of chest pains, headaches, restlessness or sleeplessness, Nursing Standard magazine reports.

“If pupils are feeling unwell they are likely to go and see the school nurse.
If they come to you with these complaints, be aware that there may be a
caffeine problem at the bottom of it.”


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Schools warned of pupils hooked on energy drinks

The Guardian:

Children are becoming dependent on energy drinks that have dramatic effects on their concentration and behaviour in schools, drug experts have warned.

Schools are being advised to observe children for signs of agitation which could be a result of excessive caffeine consumption. It follows reports of pupils drinking large quantities of energy drinks or taking caffeine-based pills.

The warning comes from Bob Tait from Drug Education UK.

See also the coverage on the BBC where Mr Tait is quoted saying:

“I will talk to a group and ask them who is drinking energy drinks such as Red Bull and five or six hands will shoot up.

“I came across one boy who was having eight a day. That is too much.

“In some cases parents are giving their children these drinks, but I would say the main source is shopkeepers.

“I don’t think there are any schools which actually sell them. But the problem is that they are fashionable drinks.

“It is hard to say in how many schools it is a problem, but it is certainly beginning to cause concern.”

Further coverage in the Sun, Channel 4 and The Daily Mail, Times, and Telegraph.

We’ve seen earlier this year at least one school taking action against energy drinks and you may remember that there’s Australian advice which says:

most adults can safely consume 300mg of caffeine a day but children are advised to stay away from caffeine as they can experience disturbed sleep patterns, bed-wetting and anxiety. 

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School bans Red Bull from grounds | Sussex


A school has banned the high-energy drink Red Bull after staff reported an increase in bad behaviour.

Chatsmore Catholic High School in Worthing, West Sussex, said some children’s conduct changed after consuming the drink.

Acting head Anne Ward said the drink, which contains 80mg of caffeine per can, had been banned from the grounds.

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Concerns about energy drink consumption by children

Australian concerns about energy drink consumption by children:

“According to the ACA [Australian Consumer Association] most adults can safely consume 300mg of caffeine a day but children are advised to stay away from caffeine as they can experience disturbed sleep patterns, bed-wetting and anxiety. Most energy drinks carry labels warning they are not suitable for children.”

In the UK there is a code of practice, drawn up in 1994, around vending machines in schools which mentions decaffeinated coffee but makes no mention of energy drinks at the moment. The British Soft Drinks Association also have a web page setting out their position on vending machines in schools.

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