A plan to restrict the sale of energy drinks to youngsters under 18 years old has been rejected by the Parliament. The rejected proposal called for imposing a fine as high as BD2,000 on shops that sell energy drinks to youngsters under 18 years.
The proposal was earlier approved by the Shura Council. It also instructed sellers of energy drinks to put up a clear sign that those under 18 cannot buy energy drinks. The move came in light of research that excessive consumption of energy drinks can lead to severe health problems in children.
Anxiety, insomnia, gastronomical upset, headaches, and hyperactivity are some of the side effects of a high level of consumption of energy drinks. More serious long-term effects such as diabetes and heart disease have also been associated with energy drink consumption, according to experts.