Kids these days come up with the most absurd ideas which may be harmful and dangerous. The new trend is associated with vanilla extract.
In other words, minors at a high school in Atlanta, Georgia have been caught using typical baking ingredients such as bourbon vanilla extract to get drunk, and they’re buying these bottles from grocery stores.
These teenagers add the extract to their morning cup of coffee, and a small bottle of it is about 35 percent or 70 proof, which is a little less than a typical vodka bottle.
“According to school officials, high schoolers were walking over to a nearby Trader Joe’s grocery store to purpose the bourbon vanilla extract, before turning to the Starbucks across the street to pour a large quantity of extract into a cup of coffee.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, kids were making the cocktail in order to get a buzz during the school day.
As a result of the vanilla-spiked drink, Grady High School shared a warning and photo of Trader Joe’s Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract in a letter to parents. The note read:
“This is not an indictment of Trader Joe’s at all, but parents please be aware that this product contains 35% alcohol and we have discovered that some students have consumed this intoxicant. Another thing to keep an eye out for.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time children are caught using baking ingredients as a way to alter their state of mind. It was reported that high schoolers also snorted cacao powder and smoked nutmeg.
Eric Meyers, an expert on youth online behavior, claims that the decision-making skills and social behavior of children are often moderated due to their underdeveloped prefrontal cortex. He says:
“Raising awareness is kind of a double-edged sword… It draws more people to the controversy as participants as much as it dissuades people from engaging in it.”
Taking risks is a natural part of adolescence. Instead for the parents and school officials telling the kids ”no” which often rebounds with the “forbidden fruit effect”, they should discuss about why they’re feeling like they need to do such things.