Vodka-Soaked Gummy Bears: The Newest Teen Drinking 'Trend'

By The Atlantic Wire

The Drudge Report linked to a Washington, D.C., radio station's report that teens have found an alarming new way to ingest their alcohol: sweet, innocent gummy bears. The station, WTOP reports:

"Leave it to teenagers to take something as wholesome as gummy bears and turn it into booze-soaked mischief. Using online tutorials, some teens are soaking the candy in vodka for several days and eating it to get a buzz. It's a big trend in California and so popular that one police department has posted a warning on its Facebook page."

Indeed several local TV and radio stations across the country have picked up the story, almost all of them citing the same local police department's Facebook page. WTOP doesn't quote, even anonymously, a teenager who soaks his gummies in alcohol, nor do they show any statistics on arrests or school discipline that would establish this trend to be widespread or even prevalent outside the one offending locality. Nevertheless, local media never gets tired of discovering a new (often cringe-inducing) tactic that a group of teenagers has discovered to help them ingest alcohol and alarming parents with reports on the "trend." Here's a run-down of some of the more horrifying teen-alcohol trends that, unsurprisingly, never took off....

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