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Copulate… but don’t caffeinate

This week we learn that the government is proposing to ban the sale of energy drinks to under 18s. And that’s all well and good… were it not for the fact that at the age of 16 you can happily have sex – and toast the act with a caffeine-laden beverage from your nearest Costa. But you can’t crack open a can of Red Bull!

Let’s be straight about this – I’m no advocate of energy drinks, nor would I want my children consuming them. The caffeine and sugar content are undoubtedly horrendous. But attempting to ban the consumption of such drinks to under 18s – who, at that age, could potentially be parents themselves, or even fighting for their country – seems ludicrous.

The biggest health issue in society today is, without doubt, obesity. And while the producers of sugar-rich, calorific drinks obviously have to take their share of the blame, no one has yet managed to work out a way to halt the surge in society’s ever-expanding waistlines.

Banning the sale of energy drinks to teenagers might seem like a sensible move and a step in the right direction, but it’s also another example of a controlling nanny state that, in the run up to EU exit, should have far more important things to worry about.

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