Banning bottomless drinks won't get to the bottom of sugar intake
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Pizza Hut and TGI Friday's have decided to remove bottomless drinks from their restaurants by March next year amid fears that they drive sugar intake. It's no secret that fizzy drinks have a lot of sugar in them, and I respect that these restaurants are trying to look after their customer's health, but I don't think banning bottomless drinks is the answer. This ban is mainly aimed at children, but a child can only drink as many fizzy drinks as their parents allow them. I also don't blame the parents for taking this option for their child either, as it should save them money depending on how many they get and at the end of the day it makes their child happy, which is the main priority. If these restaurants were truly concerned about customer's sugar intake, they should provide alternatives rather than banning them altogether. One way they could do this is offering a non-sugar option; this could be in the form of Coke Zero or Sprite Zero or any other fizzy drink that has no sugar in it. I don't know whether these restaurants would be allowed to sell these drinks but if they're available then they should definitely be an option. They should also consider warning customers how much sugar there is in one glass of fizzy drink, which may put off parents buying them for their children or other customers in general. Pizza Hut and TGI Friday's advertise themselves as family-friendly restaurants and I believe that the bottomless drinks offer is incorporated in this. Others may not have experienced this, but there is joy when getting a round of bottomless drinks for your family, as you each have that smitten look on your face when you know that you can finish your drink without having to pay for a new one.
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