Last updated: September 2013
Society’s sweet tooth supported the rise and dominance of sugary fizzy drinks in the 1850s and now poses a national health risk. One in three children in the UK leave primary school overweight and one in 20 adults suffer from diabetes. The fizzy drinks industry has tried to brush aside these health criticisms by offering smaller can and bottle sizes, in addition to using sweeteners instead of sugar.
Caffeine levels in colas and energy drinks and their associated addiction and health effects are also cause for concern.
Soft drinks are also bad news for the environment. Plastic bottles are a huge waste problem whilst the production of a 0.5 litre bottle of fizzy pop uses 2-3 bath tubs full of water.
90% of the UK’s population still quench their thirst with fizzy pop, and 5,727 million litres of fizzy drinks are consumed each year in the UK alone. Colas remain the nation’s favourite flavour with 53% of fizzy drinks consumed in 2012 being cola flavoured.