Sugary Drinks Facts

Find out the truth about sugary drinks

Soft drinks, slushies, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, flavoured milk and pre-made iced tea contain more sugar than you might think. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and rot your teeth.

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What actually happens to your teeth when you have a sugary drink?

  • Bacteria that are naturally present in your mouth break down the sugar in sugary drinks into acids.
  • The acid attacks the teeth, dissolving the outer surface of tooth enamel.
  • Each acid attack brought on by sugary drinks lasts for about 20 minutes. Every time you take a sip, the acid damage begins all over again.
  • The regular loss of enamel can lead to cavities which exposes the inner layers of the tooth. This can ruin your smile and make teeth sensitive and painful.

Find out more about the link between sugary drinks and tooth decay.

Young Aussies are bombarded with a huge amount of sugary drink marketing every day. What these brands don’t advertise is the serious damage that regularly consuming sugary drinks does to your teeth.

Sugary drinks are the product that contributes the most added sugar to Australians’ diets. We’re encouraging Aussies to think twice before having a sugary drink – they aren’t worth losing your teeth over.

What can I do?

Changes you can make straight away to help you avoid sugary drinks

  • Carry a refillable water bottle – save money and plastic reduce waste!
  • Dodge the sugary drinks aisle at the supermarket
  • Stick to unsweetened drinks - still or sparkling water, plain milk or tea and coffee
  • Try some fresh and fancy drinks
  • Get savvy and discover the sneaky sugar in "healthier drinks" 

What can we do?

It's easy to get sucked in when sugary drinks are all around us.

  • Write to your State MLA asking that junk food and sugary drinks advertising no longer be allowed on state government assets – this includes buses, trains, train stations and many billboards.
  • Talk to your school, sports clubs and community centres about their food and drink options.
  • Write to your favourite sports team and ask them stop accepting sponsorship and advertising from junk food and sugary drink companies.
  • Complain about a junk food or sugary drink ad to the Advertising Standards Bureau.  
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