Wednesday, 23 January 2013

House of Reps Move to Ban Sale of Energy Drinks in Nigeria



Nigeria house of Representative are planning move to ban sale of energy drinks in Nigeria. According to the punch newspaper,Bush-Alebiosu listed Germany, Norway, France and Denmark among some of the countries that had banned the sale of the drinks in their jurisdiction “as a result of health risks caused by the consumption of energy drinks, including reported cases of deaths.” The move was follow on  yesterday Tuesday and sponsored by a member, Yacoob Bush-Alebiosu  to ban the importation and sale of caffeinated drinks, popularly known as ‘energy drinks’, in the country.

The drinks are now first choice beverages among young people, especially on campuses, bars, clubs and social functions across the country.
He said, “These drinks are being mixed with alcoholic drinks and become more deadly as they tend to mask the level of intoxication already settled in the bodies of the consumers of this mixture, thereby allowing young adults to consume much more alcohol than normal, which often times lead to young people  passing out after such in-take and also an increase in road accidents involving such people.”
The lawmaker raised some pertinent points here. What are your thoughts on the sale and consumption of energy drinks and the move by the House of Reps to ban its sale and importation in Nigeria? Is this a good step?

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