Health experts have described a consultation on plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to children as astounding.
Ministers today called on the public to share their thoughts on whether under 18s in England should be stopped from buying the high sugar and caffeine products.
Children in England are to be banned from buying energy drinks under Government plans.
Youngsters in the UK reportedly consume more of the high-caffeine, sugar-loaded drinks than other children in Europe and the habit is harming their health and education, ministers fear.
The restrictions will apply to drinks with more than 150mg of caffeine per litre, like popular brands Red Bull, Monster and Relentless.
Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum says the government has been repeatedly warned about the drinks, and should push ahead with a change to the law.