Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people: consultation

Closes 4 Feb 2020

Opened 29 Oct 2019

Overview

We are seeking views on whether there is a need to take mandatory action to ban the sale of energy drinks to children and young people.  This is to help reduce the overconsumption of these drinks and the health harms associated with that.

Why We Are Consulting

We consult because we want better policy – and better outcomes as a result.

As part of our Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan, published in July 2018, we committed to consulting on restrictions to end the sale of energy drinks to children and young people.

We are seeking views on:

  1. whether mandatory action is needed to protect the health of young people
  2. whether an age restriction of 16 is the most appropriate course of action
  3. whether there should be an exemptions if a policy was implemented
  4. how an age restriction policy could best be enforced and monitored
  5. the impacts of implementing such a policy.

This will help us assess whether the proposed measures are proportionate and would deliver the beneficial outcomes intended.

Read the consultation paper

Interests

  • Health and Social Care