Caffeine is a substance found in foods and beverages. Most people quickly think of tea and coffee, but caffeine is also found in other places, like energy drinks, soft drinks and even in chocolate.

The amount of caffeine safe for young people is currently unknown in Australia. What we do know however, is that caffeine-containing drinks should definitely not be replacing water or milk in your diet. Water is essential for hydration, and milk contains calcium, which is extremely important for growing bones.

Consumption of caffeine has it’s pros and cons. On the one hand it may act as a mild stimulant, making you feel more awake and alert. On the other hand, there can be many side effects. It can make you feel jittery, restless, agitated and even affect your sleep and anxiety, especially if you have too much caffeine.

So all things considered, if you are going to have caffeinated drinks, try to keep them to a minimum and opt for water or milk where you can.