Canadian Teens "Java Junkies"

October 30, 2006

Saturday's Globe & Mail reports a growing trend for teens and tweens to start drinking coffee as young as age 9 or 10, to help wake them up for school in the morning and stay up late doing homework. Coffee shops like Starbucks and Tim Horton's have replaced the diner, arcade, and mall for many teens. As many as 52% of teens aged 13 to 17 drink coffee, and consumption of caffeine energy drinks (like Coke's new coffee-infused "BlaK") is also on the rise. Experts warn of possible health risks, and a food scientist at the University of Guelph, thinks Canada may even have to look at a ban on selling coffee to children, who can wind up restless enough to meet the criteria for ADHD. Globe & Mail article