Energy drinks in Canada – National survey
In December 2013, Canada implemented new regulations for caffeinated energy drinks (CEDs). The regulatory measures included limits on caffeine content and new labelling requirements. CED products that complied with these requirements were granted “temporary marketing authorization,” during which time Health Canada will review the evidence and consider additional regulatory requirements.
To examine risk perceptions and patterns of use of CEDs among youth and young adults in Canada, an online survey was completed with a national sample of 12- to 24-year-olds. In 2014, a total of 2,048 young people participated in the survey: 1013 youth aged 12-17, and 1035 young adults aged 18-24.
The questionnaire included a 24-hour recall task for caffeinated food, beverages, and supplements, followed by items on use of CEDs, perceptions and knowledge of CEDs (including ingredients and labelling), CED marketing, and use of CEDs with alcohol. The survey also assessed awareness of health warnings on CED containers, with an experimental component to test alternative ways of labelling health warnings.
The technical report from the baseline (2014) survey wave is now available.
The survey is being repeated in November 2015 to monitor trends in CED perceptions and use over time.
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