Sugary Drinks Facts

Find out the truth about sugary drinks

Aussies are bombarded with a huge amount of sugary drink marketing every day.

What these companies don’t advertise is the serious damage that regularly having sugary drinks does to your teeth. Too many sugary drinks can also contribute to weight gain, increasing the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and 13 types of cancer.

Sugary drinks are the single biggest source of added sugar in Australians’ diets. We’re encouraging Aussies to think twice before having a sugary drink – they aren’t worth losing your teeth over.

What 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 lasts for about 20 min. 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.

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While most of us might know that soft drinks are packed with sugar, what about some of the other drinks out there that market themselves as a better option?

Blueberry, pineapple and sage water

Blueberry, pineapple and sage water

A delicious drink for a hot day!

Breakfast smoothie

Breakfast smoothie

A creamy banana smoothie, perfect as a quick snack or a breakfast on-the-go!

Cherry creaming soda

Cherry creaming soda

When the sparkling water hits the frozen cherry mixture this drink fizzes up like a volcano!

Choc cherry bomb

Choc cherry bomb

This decadent drink is so thick and creamy you'll need a spoon to get through it!

Coffee blizzard

Coffee blizzard

Dump the added sugar laden options available from the servo and switch to this easy peasy blended iced coffee

Cucumber skewers

Cucumber skewers

A delicious drink for a hot day!

Frozen fruit ice cubes

Frozen fruit ice cubes

A delicious drink for a hot summer day!

Iced latte

Iced latte

Make the sugary drinks switch with this quick and easy iced coffee.

Iced London fog

Iced London fog

We've adapted the classic British beverage to help you stay cool in a sweltering Aussie summer.

Peach and rosemary iced tea

Peach and rosemary iced tea

Enjoy this beautiful tea with Sunday roast, at a dinner party, or during a celebratory picnic in the park.

Pine-berry frappe

Pine-berry frappe

The essence of summer, served over ice.

Pineapple sparkler

Pineapple sparkler

This drink combines the fiery heat of ginger with the bright sweetness of pineapple.

Poolside Percy

Poolside Percy

A refreshing summer sensation.

Popeye's punch

Popeye's punch

This vibrant green drink delivers fruity sweetness to your tastebuds before revealing a powerful punch of earthy green goodness.

Ruby zinger

Ruby zinger

Zingy, earthy and sweet; we love the uniqueness of this drink.

Ski slopes

Ski slopes

This fruity and spicy hug-in-a-mug will warm up your hands and put a rosy glow in your cheeks.

Sliced citrus water

Sliced citrus water

A delicious drink for a hot summer day!

Strawberry and mint sparkling water

Strawberry and mint sparkling water

A refreshing drink for the hot summer days!

Sweetpea

Sweetpea

Chickpeas are the secret hero ingredient that makes this peanut butter and banana sensation extra creamy.

Tropical fruit smoothie

Tropical fruit smoothie

A banana smoothie, with a tropical twist!

Watermelon fizz

Watermelon fizz

If summer could be condensed into a drink, this would be it.

It's easy to get sucked in when sugary drinks are all around us. Sugary drinks are heavily marketed and available everywhere, which can undermine people’s effort to be healthy.

We need to set higher standards for how the sugary drink industry markets and sells these products that are making Australians sick.

Here's what you can do to fight back against industry

  • Write to your State Member of Parliament asking that sugary drinks and junk food 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 sugary drink or junk food ad to the Advertising Standards Bureau.  

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