The Victorian State government is to look at ways to restrict sales of popular energy drinks to children.

John Thwaites, the Australian health minister has ordered the Department of Human Services to examine ways to reduce the availability of energy drinks.

A report by the Herald Sun newspaper claims Thwaites said the move was prompted by recent reports from Europe about the risks of consuming energy drinks with alcohol.

According to the report Thwaites wrote in a letter to Tony Robinson, Labour MP: "The Department of Human Services is investigating other means which could reduce the availability of these products to children in Victoria."

Earlier the Australia New Zealand Food Authority ordered that energy drinks should contain labels, warning that they should not be consumed by children, pregnant or lactating women.

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