Energy Drink Awareness

Energy Drinks have become among the most popular drinks chosen by young people, but what is in them and should we be concerned about their consumption?

There are many different brands of energy drinks along with sports or isotonic drinks. This course looks at what we know about them and the difference between a high-caffeine energy drink and a sports isotonic drink.

Who could benefit from the training?

Do you work with young people or adults in the County Durham area who may be drinking caffeine drinks at levels which may be affecting their behaviour or health?

This training will enable you to support those people you are working with by equipping you with up-to-date advice and information, including available resources. The training is available to any workers/volunteers within the County Durham area and may be particularly useful for teachers, school nurses or anyone working in education or health.                            


To look at high-caffeine drinks marketed as energy drinks and the evidence around their risks particularly for children.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To know what an energy drink is and the difference between energy drinks and sports drinks
  • To understand guidelines and advice regarding their consumption including the effects and side effects of high caffeine consumption
  • To be aware of the risks to children including physical and mental health, oral health and behaviour issues commonly identified in those using energy drinks
  • To be aware of the potential risks of mixing alcohol with energy drinks
  • Understand the care pathway and referral routes into County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services