A petition calling for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to
kids has been backed by Australia's largest women's
organisation and doctors.
The Country Women's Association NSW and the Australian
Medical Association have thrown their support behind a
petition asking the government to ban energy drinks to those
under 18 because of its harmful effects.
High amounts of caffeine in most energy drinks have been
shown to cause insomnia, headaches, rapid heart rates,
nervousness, hypertension, anxiety and diarrhoea, the CWA
"Who knows what damage, over time, this causes a developing
body and mind," CWA NSW president Tanya Cameron said in a
"We protect our children from alcohol and tobacco and believe
that energy drinks should also be included on this list."
More than 13,000 members of the CWA have signed the petition,
which was presented to federal parliament by Nationals MP
The AMA was concerned over the alarming increase in the
number of adolescents suffering caffeine toxicity from energy
"The dangers of over-consumption are significant and I think
many parents and teenagers are unaware of the risks," AMA
president Steve Hambleton said.