Energy Drinks

  • Energy drinks are soft drinks which are people take as a stimulant to stop them from feeling tired.

  • They often contain lots of sugars and caffeine.

  • The main energy drinks in the UK are: Red Bull, Monster, Rockstarr, Relentless and Kick.

  • While energy drinks can help you keep alert and focused in moderation, too many energy drinks can make you feel unwell due to the caffeine.

  • Caffeine is very addictive, you may therefore have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking energy drinks, the effects of this include: headaches, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression and difficulty concentrating.

  • Other effects of drinking energy drinks regularly can be: feeling sick, insomnia (can't sleep) and high blood pressure.

  • It is recommended that under the age of 18 you shouldn't have more than 100mg of caffeine a day.

100mg of caffeine in real terms

You should only drink drink up to 100mg of caffeine a day!

This is equivalent to about:


  • 1.3 Shots of espresso

  • Less than 300ml (1 and 1/4 cans) of Red Bull

  • Half  of one 5 Hour Energy Shot


  • 283ml of Monster Energy Drink (less than half a can)

  • 118ml of a Starbucks Venti brewed coffee (1/5 of large cup of coffee)

  • 3 cans of Coke


Otherwise there is some evidence that the effects of caffeine could  have long-term impacts on your health.