Some students are turning to popular grocery stores to get drunk – and it's legal

ATLANTA — High schoolers are using popular baking ingredients to get drunk and they're getting them from grocery stores.

One local high school is going as far as warning parents after a student had to go to the hospital.

Grady High School in Atlanta said that some students are walking across the street to a grocery store and buying bourbon extract. They then mix it with coffee they buy at Starbucks and walk to school with a buzz.

A small bottle of vanilla extract is 70 proof, which is a little less than a bottle of vodka.

“These kids will find anything into and it’s so convenient, you can walk into any local place, and do whatever they want at their pleasure,” said neighbor Attawa Mcewen.


Vanilla extract is just as potent as bottle of liquor and there's no age restriction to buy the baking ingredient.

“A 9-year-old can come in here and by that extract and nobody is going to ask him or her questions and it could potentially hurt themselves,” Mcewen said.

In one case, a student at Grady ended up drunk and had to go to the emergency room.