Teenagers have been banned from buying certain caffeinated drinks in the United Kingdom. Costa coffee explained that youths under the age of 16 are not allowed to purchase beverages with caffeine for health purposes.
Numerous Costa cafes in North Wales have stopped youths from buying coffee.
They explained: “We do not encourage the sale of caffeine to children under 16 and it is at store discretion to question a customer’s age if they have any concerns.”
“Our advertising is not directed at children and you must be 16 or above to own a Costa Club Card.
"Caffeine information is available upon request should a customer wish to know the level of caffeine in their favourite Costa coffee."
They explained that it is at the discretion of each individual store to bring in this new rule. The change was introduced this summer.
Experts believe parents should never let their children drink coffee. “As far as drinking ‘real’ coffee on a daily basis—espresso, cappuccinos, and lattes—I think it’s prudent to wait until the age of 18,” Andy Bellatti, MS, RD, told Healthline.
He continued: “The research I’ve seen points to negative cardiovascular and neurologic effects, namely anxiety and insomnia, in children who consume caffeine.”
Do you let your children drink coffee?