Britain's government launched a public consultation over plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to young people, as it grapples with some of Western Europe's worst childhood obesity rates.
Prime Minister Theresa May wants to prevent retailers from selling popular energy drinks, such as Red Bull, Monster and Relentless, to children because of their high levels of sugar and caffeine.
The government estimates more than two-thirds of 10 to 17-year-olds and a quarter of six to 9-year-olds consume the drinks, which are linked to a host of health and behavior problems, from headaches to hyperactivity.
"Childhood obesity is one of the greatest health challenges this country faces," May said in a statement. "With thousands of young people regularly consuming energy drinks, often because they are sold at cheaper prices than soft drinks, we will consult on banning the sale of energy drinks to children."
The plans were first announced in June, alongside a commitment to halve childhood obesity rates by 2030.
The 12-week consultation will ask whether the restrictions should apply to children under 16 or under 18 and if the law should be changed to prevent children from buying them in any situation.