The canned caffeine creeping into our children's lives

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From the playgrounds to students studying late into the night and partying early into the morning hours. Joshua Saunders investigates how energy drinks are not only stealing our kids sleep but could be putting their lives at risk. Layout in the design of The Sunday Times Magazine - no copyright intended. Read more at: http://joshua-saunders.blogspot.co.uk/p/final-multimedia-project.html

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MAKINGTHE GRADETHE CANNED CAFFEINE CREEPING INTO OUR CHILDRENS LIVESFrom the playgrounds to students studying late into the night and partying early into the morning hours. Joshua Saunders investigates how energy drinks are not only stealing our kids sleep but could be putting their lives at risk. 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Ive been there in cold sweats, really scatty and everything feels differentLOTI BRADLEY, 21 They made me feel more awake and stimulated. In the end I was relying on them rather than them having for enjoyment LOU COEL, DANCE TEACHER Children shouldnt be having them. 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