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

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.

Annex C - Glossary

Age restrictions - Bans sales to those under the age restriction and in some cases would require age verification to allow purchase of the product.

Energy drink - Any drink, other than tea or coffee, which contains over 150 milligrams of caffeine per litre.

Guarana - A plant extract that can have four times more caffeine that coffee beans[38].

Health inequalities - The unfair and avoidable differences in people's health across social groups and between different population groups.

Out of Home - Examples include takeaways and home delivery services, restaurants, caf├ęs and bistros and sandwich shops[39].

Other places - Examples include venues (such as music or sports), charity shops, clothes shops, tourist shops and pharmacies.

Overconsumption - Overconsumption is when the recommended daily limit of caffeine intake is exceeded over the course of one 24-hour period through the consumption of energy drinks. This can be through one or multiple sittings in the period.

Retail - Examples include supermarkets, convenience stores, discounters and bargain stores and confectionary shops.

Taurine - An amino acid that occurs naturally in food[40].

Young people - Generic term for those under the age of 18, in cases where this differs we have given details.


Email: DietPolicy@gov.scot

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