Caffeine and energy drinks

Caffeine and energy drink fullAs a stimulant found in tea, coffee and chocolate, caffeine is part of everyday life in the UK. However, too much caffeine can cause problems such as sleep disturbance. Energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine are a more recent development.

This briefing paper sets out what schools need to know about caffeine use by children and young people. It includes case studies of two schools (primary and secondary) who found that caffeine and energy drinks use was a problem for their pupils and how they addressed this.

This briefing paper is part of a series produced by Mentor ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners.

Is the briefing paper useful? Do you think caffeine use is an issue in your school? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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