Ban alcohol-based energy drinks: AMA

THE AMA has cited fresh research as further evidence energy drinks, especially those pre-mixed with alcohol, should be banned.

Association vice-president Dr Steve Hambleton said research from the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Health Initiatives showed a significant proportion of children aged 12–17 were more likely to drink alcoholic drinks if they contained caffeine or guarana.

“This is especially alarming because these products are becoming popular with under-age drinkers, some as young as 12,” Dr Hambleton said.

“These kids are making the jump from energy soft drinks to