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19th Jan 2018

Here’s Why Under 16s Won’t Be Able To Buy Aldi’s Energy Drinks From Now On


Do you have a baby face? You might want to keep your ID handy if heading into Aldi then, ‘cos customers under the age of 16 will no longer be able to purchase caffeinated energy drinks.

Those looking to buy energy drinks with 150mg of caffeine per litre will be asked to prove their age, according to the Irish Independent.

The supermarket chain said they are the first in the country to ban these products being sold to those under the age of 16. 

The ban is set to kick in at the beginning of March in Aldi stores nationwide.

Group Buying Director at Aldi Ireland, Finbar McCarthy said: “We are introducing this age restriction in response to growing concern about the consumption of energy drinks among young people.”


Caffeinated energy drinks have previously been said to have negative health effects.

In a Safe Food report, it was revealed that 37% of people aged 11-35 years of age in the Republic of Ireland have consumed stimulant drinks at least once.

The report stated: “Large caffeine intake levels are a cause of concern, particularly in relation to known potential acute health effects such as tachycardia, increases in blood pressure and dehydration, as well as behavioural and cognitive effects.”

The report also welcomed changes to labelling regulations, which would require energy drinks with caffeine contents greater than 150 mg per litre to be labelled ‘High Caffeine Content’ and the amount of caffeine present be given.

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