Norway Bans Energy Drinks for Children Under 16

The Norwegian government has come to an agreement between the majority of the parties to implement a new 16 year age restriction on all energy drinks.

Many grocery stores already have internal age restrictions on energy drinks, where most have chosen either 14, 15 or 16 year, but this new change will make it illegal to sell energy drinks to anyone under the age of 16.

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This will require you to bring an ID if you’re going to buy energy drink, because the store will be able to refuse to sell it to you if you cannot prove that you are over 16 years old.

The proposal could be in effect in about a year

The proposal is going to be discussed by the Norwegian government in the beginning on June 2023, but a majority of the parties have already signaled that they will vote for the proposal. This means that it seem very, very likely that this proposal will come into effect.

However, things take a lot of time when it’s being done by politicians, so it seems likely that it will take at least a year before the actual law is in effect. This is to make sure that all parties involved are able to voice concerns and give feedback before any actions are taken.

We currently don’t have a date for when the proposal will be changed to a law, but this article will be updated once we know.

Stortinget is Norway’s government building. Photo published with permission.

Energy drinks are believed to be a health issue for youth

The use of energy drinks among Norwegian youth is ever increasing, despite many different scientific reports showing the dangers of a high usage of these types of drinks for children and young adults.

This has lead to a lot of debate among the Norwegian politicians as to how to solve this problem. One of the proposed solutions is to ban all advertisement of energy drinks, but the final result seem to be for the politicians to completely ban it for anyone below the age of 16.

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