This may be welcome news to many parents - Waitrose* have officially become the first Supermarket to ban the sale of Energy Drinks, to those aged younger than 16 years old.
Drinks such as Red Bull, Relentless, Monster Energy and Rockstar contain high levels of caffeine and sugar, and are thought to have a negative impact on both the health and behaviour of children.
Industry guidelines already state that all soft drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre must be labelled as "not suitable for children", yet they are still available to buy regardless of age.
From 5 March 2018, Waitrose will not sell drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre, to children under the age of 16, and ID will be requested to prove year of birth.
Locally to me, the supermarkets and independent shops have already started to discourage the Secondary School kids from purchasing them. This is due to advice from the School following several incidents involving panic attacks and Tachycardia (fast heart rate), after the consumption of highly caffeinated drinks.
Whilst many schools have banned the consumption of these Energy Drinks, there is currently no law in place to stop shops from selling them to minors.