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Budget FY19: Energy drinks pose health risks, slapped with duties

  • Published at 04:31 pm June 7th, 2018
  • Last updated at 04:32 pm June 7th, 2018
File photo of energy drinks Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Energy drinks have been slapped with 35% duties

Energy drinks are a disputable product in the market. To be more accurate, the “energy” aspect of these beverages is very controversial. However, a large number of Bangladeshis consume them on an alarming scale.

The latest budget has identified energy drinks as a health risk and subsequently raised tariffs from 25% to 35% on energy drinks.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, while presenting the budget on Thursday, proposed the increase “in order to reduce health risks by restricting the consumption of energy drinks.”

According to countless studies conducted worldwide, excessive consumption of energy drinks may lead to cardiac arrest, headaches and migraines, anxiety, insomnia, type 2 diabetes, jitters and nervousness, vomiting, allergic reactions, high blood pressure, release of stress hormones in the long run, and adverse interactions with drugs. 

Even a single drink can cause significant changes to blood pressure and to the heart’s electrical activity, according to many of the studies.

In Bangladesh, the more popular energy drinks contain artificial caffeine in excess of the allowed level. The lesser-known and disreputable varieties even contain viagra and alcohol as ingredients, as revealed in lab tests conducted in 2014 and 2017. Many of them are even purveyed without BSTI licensing.