A disturbing new trend in underage drinking is making its way across the country: alcoholic gummy bears and worms. Kids are soaking the candies in vodka and then bringing them to school and passing them around– and in some cases, getting drunk in class, right under the teachers’ noses.
One of the most worrying things about this trend is the fact that it makes it so easy for kids to camouflage what they’re really doing. As a parent, it’s important to pay attention if you see your child taking a sudden interest in gummy candy, but it’s also crucial to talk to them about this trend, because they may be given alcohol-laced gummies at school or a party without even knowing what they’re eating.
It also makes me worry about younger siblings. If it hasn’t happened already, it’s just a matter of time before a toddler or young child will unknowingly eat enough of these “drunk gummy bears” to warrant a trip to the emergency room, or worse.
(And I thought the bath salt sniffing phenomenon was bad. Ugh.)
About Elisabeth Wilkins
Elisabeth Wilkins was the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.