Energy drinks

School kids stop drinking “energy drinks” and detention rates plummet

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A school that banned Red Bull and other energy drinks has seen the number of pupils being given detentions plunge by a third.

In the latest piece of evidence that the drinks can cause poor behaviour in the classroom, staff said standards were transformed after just two terms.

Drinks such as Monster, Red Bull and Relentless combine so much sugar and caffeine that Government advisers warn they make children hyperactive and difficult to control.

To help encourage fellow pupils to ditch energy drinks, members of the school’s student council designed a water bottle…

These bottles were offered to pupils in return for a pledge to go further than the ban and steer clear of all fizzy, sugary drinks in exchange for water. In Years 7, 8 and 9, more than 95 per cent of pupils signed up, along with more than 70 per cent in Years 10 and 11.

As well as the fall in the number of detentions, achievement and general behaviour levels rose – a trend Mrs Griffiths put down to the ban. Councillor Andy Bowden, of St Helens council in Merseyside, said: ‘It is good to see it was the students themselves that recognised the effects high- caffeine drinks were having…

Kids constantly overloaded with excess sugar and caffeine aren’t going to be at their best after a while.

I really like about this situation is that nobody banned anything.  They simply had a sit-down and a talk, did some research, and then had a buy-in process that about 95% of the kids voluntarily joined in with.

Compare and contrast that to people in Labour and the Green Taliban who simply want to legislate these sorts of things away.  These people don’t want you to have the freedom to choose, and they would justify taking your freedom of choice away just to save the 5% from themselves.

Even more remarkable is that this happened at a school in the hopelessly leftie UK school system.

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Marlbourgh District Council loons seeking a ban on sugar, forget they banned fluoride too

The Marlborough District Council are a bunch of loons.

They are now seeking to ban sugary drinks from council facilities in a bid to save kids teeth.

Marlborough District Council could become the second council in New Zealand to ban sugary drinks from being sold at their venues and events.

The council is to develop a policy around the ban after the region’s principal dental officer warned sugar-sweetened beverages were rotting children’s teeth and ramping up levels of obesity and Type II Diabetes.

The council has come under pressure from the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board and Nelson City Council (NCC) to implement a ban on sugary drinks at its events venues. NCC adopted the ban in July and it has been well received by ratepayers there.

If a similar policy gets the green light in Blenheim it would cover sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and flavoured milk.

They would be banned from sale in council buildings, at its venues including Stadium 2000 in Blenheim, the ferry terminal and airport and at council-run events.

Diet soft drinks would still be sold and people who wanted a sugary drink could bring it to a council building or event.

Nelson Marlborough principal dental officer Dr Rob Beaglehole, who fought for the board to introduce a similar policy in top of the south hospitals, said the council had a responsibility to act as a role model.

“This isn’t a draconian policy for a blanket ban on sugar. We are not about to stop telling people they can’t have sugar in their tea or coffee. It is about making the healthy choice the easiest choice.”

He was sick of extracting rotten teeth from children who had been drinking soft drinks. Last month he pulled 11 teeth from a 2-year-old boy.

Most of his front teeth were rotten and after the extraction he needed 15 stitches.

“He wasn’t in great shape. He hadn’t been sleeping properly for weeks and he hadn’t eaten properly for two weeks.

“His mum was beside herself and sat up with him most nights. He was crying in pain.”

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And they said it wouldn’t happen to them

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For some time I’ve been warning various companies that the troughers who beat up on the tobacco  industry are now turning their sights onto products like energy and sugary drinks. They said nah it wouldn’t happen to them.

Well I told them.

In Australia we now see the same tactics once applied to tobacco companies now being applied to anyone employed by energy drinks manufacturers. And it’s happening now.

Deakin University in Australia is currently holding the 1st International Energy Drinks Conference in Victoria.

Here’s how they view participation by anyone from companies that manufacture these drinks.

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Sugar Tax lobbyists hitting up MPs Thursday

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Election year always gets activist groups all fired up about beating their drum in the hope MPs searching for something to say pick up on their cause.

Blaming sugary drinks for the cause of obesity in NZ is the hot topic at the moment.

With Coca-Cola doing their best to ensure they own the obesity problem with failed interviews like this one with Duncan Garner,  other companies Frucor, Red Bull, The Better Drinks Company are all looking increasing uneasy with where the debate is heading.

Energy drink companies like Frucor’s (makers of V), Red Bull and Monster are already under pressure with bans on the sale of energy drinks to under 18 year olds in some EU countriesRead more »

Tobacco, sugar, what’s next? It appears to be energy drinks

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Came across this article on autoblog.com about a move to ban energy drinks from sales under 18s in some EU countries,  and what this might mean for motorsport sponsorship. 

After all we all know from the tobacco playbook that banning sponsorship is the first tactic in trying to stamp out unfavored products by those who hate free choice and fun.

Like it or not, when it comes to brass tacks, motorsports is a business. To keep racing, the teams need to make money, and, generally speaking, the winnings from a victory aren’t going to cover the expenses. The reality is that teams need sponsorship to survive. For decades, much of that funding in the top rungs came from tobacco advertising (like the Winston Cup or Michael Schumacher’s Marlboro-sponsored Ferrari). But today, that’s illegal in most places, and energy drink companies have so far been happy to fill the void. An intriguing editorial on Asphalt and Rubber warns teams not to get too used to this recent stream of funding, though, because the same fate could befall these caffeinated drinks in the future as did cigarettes in the past.  Read more »