Stirling MSP has called on shops to lead the way in banning the sale of energy drinks to children and young people under 16.


The call comes as Mr Crawford took part in a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the issue last week.


During the debate, Mr Crawford revealed that a number of shops and supermarkets in the Stirling Constituency already.


During the debate, he said:


“Some consumers will oppose the moves, because they want their shopping experience to be as smooth as possible. That is understandable, but that inconvenience pales into insignificance when we consider the potential impact that energy drinks are having on the health and education of our children and young people.”


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“I was pleased to take part in such a constructive debate, led by my colleague Graeme Dey MSP.


“I have consumed energy drinks in the past myself and the aftereffects can sometimes be so severe that they themselves tell you just how dangerous these things can be – especially for children.


“Every high school teacher can tell us just how much of an impact these drinks can have on a young person’s ability to concentrate in class, as well as how it can affect behaviour.


“This is about the education experiences and future prospects of our young people – as well as their overall physical and mental health. I’d urge shops and supermarkets across the Stirling Constituency to ban the sale of energy drinks to under 16s and check for ID – as is done for lottery tickets.”