Indiana to put age restrictions on energy drinks

Tori Wilson, Reporter

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A bill has been proposed in the Indiana Senate about energy drink sales being illegal to minors. Any one under the age of 18 would not be able to buy energy drinks if this bill becomes law. Anybody 17 or younger drinking an energy drink or buying one, can be charged with the same consequences as a first-time DUI when the driver’s blood-alcohol level is below 0.15.

According to WTHR13.com’s article, Senate bill would make it illegal to sell energy drinks to kids, “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported between 30 and 50 percent of adolescents say they consume energy drinks. They warn that while the stimulants can produce an extra burst of energy, they can have a harmful effect on the nervous system.” The bill was written and proposed by State Sen. Ron Alting. A teenager could face up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

According to the article, Indiana’s War on Energy Drinks Misses the Point by Remso Martinez, if energy drinks are going to be banned to minors then other things involving sugar like coffee, soda, sugary cereals, and artificial food coloring should be as well. And he also says that energy drinks are just as harmful to adults as they are for kids so why not just ban them for everyone?

Martinez has a point, if energy drinks are going to be banned for kids under 18, then why not ban them period? Or ban other things that contain a lot of sugar for kids? Kids’ parents, siblings, and friends that are 18 or older could always have them buy them an energy drink. Are they going to ID everyone every time they buy an energy drink? How would they know if they were buying it for themselves or someone under 18? There are still many questions that need to be answered before this bill could become a law.

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