Health campaigners have warned schools to identify
caffeine addicts amongst their students, as energy
drinks continue to rise in popularity in school
Bob Tait of Drug Education UK told school nurses that
rising caffeine intake was a increasing problem among
youngsters, according to Nursing Standard magazine.
?Children will drink them on the walk to school, at
break and lunch time,? Tait said. ?If you have got a
child who is worked up on an energy drink, they are
going to be agitated during lesson time.?
He added: ?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.?
The warning comes with the likes of Red Bull and other
caffeine-rich drinks becoming increasingly popular among
?Daily consumption of Red Bull should conform to a
person?s intake of caffeine and the same is true of
children,? a spokesperson for the company said. ?In
general children are more sensitive to caffeine than
adults. This is why we do not recommend Red Bull to
caffeine-sensitive individuals, including children.?