Energy drinks are functional beverages that can provide temporary mental alertness or other physiological benefits.
Most energy drink manufacturers that produce the energy drinks consumed in Canada are members of the Canadian Beverage Association (CBA). These members support a responsible commitment to the manufacturing, marketing and consumption of their products. CBA members voluntarily adhere to the Energy Drink Marketing Code, which outlines that energy drinks are not to be marketed to children, including the marketing or sale of energy drinks in schools between grades K-12.
A 250 ml single-serving of energy drink contains 80-100 mg of caffeine while a larger 473 ml can is limited to 180 mg of caffeine. A similar-sized 250 ml filter drip coffee may have up to two times as much caffeine, with an average of 179 mg.
With a science- and fact-based approach to research. Health Canada’s energy drink assessment, published in June 2013 concluded:
For adults “…two servings of a typical energy drink per day would not be expected to pose a health risk for the general adult population.”
For teens 12-18 years of age “the caffeine content of one or two servings of a typical energy drink (80mg caffeine/serving) would be unlikely to pose an acute health hazard.”