Because tradies consume such a high volume of these unhealthy beverages, both their productivity and their health are suffering as a result.
As a result, there are calls for energy drinks to be prohibited from building sites entirely.
Talking to Daily Mail Australia, Paul Breen, who educates up to 500 young tradespeople each year in western Sydney, said, sugary and caffeinated drinks are actually making young tradespeople work more slowly.
When people first start working at a new place, they often bring with them the practice of drinking many energy drinks each day.
This is done to compensate for their poor physical condition and lack of sleep.
Electrical apprentice Matt Glass told Daily Mail Australia that the beverages are so affordable that his coworkers have “two for breakfast and two for lunch” on a daily basis because they are so affordable.
However, the young tradies are less effective at their occupations as a result of the drinks, which impacts their ability to concentrate as well as their mental health.
According to some accounts, the trainees are developing a taste for energy drinks while they are still in high school.
Adults have reported witnessing up to thirty pupils waiting in line to purchase them at convenience stores located close to schools in the morning.
Mr. Breen, who operates Productivity Bootcamp to train tradies for work in the construction business, stated that the waste bins at his Penrith location are stuffed with empty cans of energy drink every week.
We dispose of the trash in front of them and tell them, “Lads, take a look at this; have a look at what you’re doing to yourselves.”
According to him, the young people in the trades “get a surge of energy and confidence” from the drinks at first, and they imitate their friends who buy into the brands in part because of the images of extreme sports that they portray.
‘After a while, their young bodies start to break down,’ Mr Breen said.
Their bad physical state is frequently the result of their diets, which include excessive consumption of fast food, soft drinks, energy drinks, and cigarettes or vaporised nicotine, among other things.
He estimated that almost half of the new trainees already had a propensity of drinking energy drinks. Numerous studies have found a connection between sugary energy drinks and various cancers, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer, as well as obesity and various mental health disorders, such as increased anxiety, sadness, and difficulties concentrating.