Students in Knowsley are being challenged to Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) during exam season.
Knowsley’s GULP campaign will visit Knowsley Community College (KCC) to provide students with the information on the affects energy drinks can have on concentration and sleep quality and how this can potentially affect exam performance.
GULP will attend the college’s health and wellbeing day today (Thursday 27 April) where more than 300 students are expected to attend to find out how they can lead healthier lifestyles.
How much is too much?
Young people are consuming more than three times as much sugar as the maximum recommended daily intake, most of which comes from sugary drinks.
Seven out of ten 11 to 18 year olds consume energy drinks and of those 11 per cent drink at least one litre each time.
A can of Red Bull contains seven cubes of sugar which is the maximum recommended daily amount for over 11’s (including adults).
While a can of Rockstar Punched Energy can contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar, which is almost three times the recommended daily maximum amount for over 11’s (including adults).
Excess sugar consumption can lead to a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, heart disease and type two diabetes. It has also been linked to certain cancers.
Many energy drinks also contain caffeine, a stimulant, which can cause further health issues including palpitations, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting and convulsions as well as affecting concentration and sleep.
Matthew Ashton, Knowsley Director of Public Health, said:
“During exam periods students are likely to feel under pressure and want to do their best. All-night revision sessions fuelled by caffeine might seem like a good idea but too much caffeine can make you feel jittery and can lead to caffeine crashes. If students do need to do some last minute revising, the best way to stay alert and able to concentrate is by hydrating with water.
“Energy drink companies use clever marketing to promote their products, suggesting that they will improve performance at school, during sports or even on a night out. With the upcoming exam period – when consumption is likely to increase – it is important to raise awareness among young people on the issues of drinking energy drinks. “
Would you like to take the GULP challenge?
All Knowsley residents can sign up to the #GULPChallenge, which starts on 8 May, to Give Up Loving Pop for 21 days.
Once signed up you’ll be encouraged to continue to ‘Give up Loving Pop’ via weekly emails and social media messages. Anyone who registers and completes the challenge will be entered into a prize draw for a family ticket for the Christmas Panto, Beauty and the Beast, at the Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park.