The extremely high levels of caffeine and sugar in energy drinks could pose a serious risk to the younger generation, says the Young Families’ Club (FICSAK), explaining why it would ban access to energy drinks for young people under 18. The organization is committed to pushing for legislation to regulate access to these products.
FICSAK’s “Child Protection 2023 – Let’s Protect Our Children Together” campaign is in its 4th phase, focusing on healthy eating and parental awareness. This was also the organization’s guiding principle in launching the energy drinks opinion survey.
The questionnaire was filled in by nearly a thousand people, and the results showed that 98.8 percent of respondents agreed that commercial energy drinks should not be available to underage children,
Only 1.2 percent of respondents would not ban minors’ access to caffeinated beverages. Earlier, two government party MPs, István Hollik and Lőrinc Nacsa, announced that they would take the initiative to ban the serving of energy drinks to under-18s.
Asked where and under what conditions energy drinks should be available, the answers were as follows:
- 52 percent of respondents said that energy drinks should be available in any stores, but only on presentation of an ID card if you are over 18,
- 46.5 percent of respondents would support the idea that energy drinks should only be available in tobacco shops,
- only 1.5 percent of respondents said that they did not think regulation was necessary.
“The results, while not representative, show that society is not indifferent to the harmful effects of energy drinks on children,” FICSAK said, noting that respondents overwhelmingly agree that energy drinks should not be available to underage children in shops.
The Young Families’ Club is confident that the results of this questionnaire can contribute to an early move towards a decision to limit the availability of energy drinks to children under 18 years of age, and to enable future generations to lead healthier lifestyles,”
the organization concluded.
Earlier, Hungary Today wrote that the Hungarian Energy Drinks Association reacted to the initiative of banning the purchase of energy drinks by children under 18 by law. The association agreed that children should be protected from all dangers, but in this case they believe in education rather than prohibition.
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