Gyms and leisure centres across Scotland are banning the sale of high-energy drinks to under 16s.

Restrictions will apply at all publicly-funded facilities and on drinks with caffeine content of more than 150mg per litre.

‘I welcome the leadership shown by all publicly-funded leisure centres in restricting the sale of energy drinks to young people,’ Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said.

‘This builds on our recent ban of energy drinks to under 16s in all hospital retail units and NHS-run catering sites.

‘The Scottish government recognises that consumption of energy drinks is a significant concern to parents, healthcare professionals and young people.

‘This ban delivers on the promise we made in our Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan last year.

‘And we have committed to a consultation on restricting the sale of energy drinks to under 16s later this year.’

Banning energy drinks

The move comes on the back of plans in England to completely ban the sale of energy drinks to children.

Some energy drinks contain five times the amount of caffeine found in a can of Coca Cola.

The Times claims more than two thirds of children between 10 and 17 consume energy drinks.

‘Energy drinks are stuffed with sugar,’ Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said to The Times.

‘You should really only be drinking them if you are an athletic person and really into sports.

‘But they are being used as the drink of choice by so many children.

‘We are 100% behind (Health Secretary) Mr Hancock.’