A Georgia school is warning parents about the alcohol content in vanilla extract after some students came to school drunk on the baking ingredient.

WSB-TV reports, a student at Grady High School in Atlanta was sent to the emergency room after the kid ended up intoxicated while at school.

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.

The $9 baking ingredient is 70 proof — which is only slightly less than a bottle of rum.

A neighbor voiced her concern to WSB following the incident. Attawa McEwen said:

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

She added:

“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.”

According to USA Today, last month a woman was arrested on charges of drunk driving and police detected the smell of vanilla on her breath.

After the 50-year-old Connecticut woman failed the sobriety test, police allegedly found “several empty bottles of pure vanilla extract” in the vehicle, as stated in the police report.

Given that the liquid contains 35-percent alcohol, the school administration stressed that the baking ingredient posed a temptation to teens who are looking for ways to get a buzz.

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5 Replies to “High School Warns Parents About Vanilla Extract After Students Pour it into Their Coffee to Get a Buzz”

  • Masterredfox 2 years ago

    As there’s no sugar in those extracts ( just flavor and alcohol) this was definitely an abuse of a food item to achieve a high state. I know some sites “suggest “ this as an alternative to the sugar loaded pump shots at coffee shops like Starbucks, but no one thought about the alcohol content until some people starting using these flavorings as an excuse to get high. Every one of those food flavorings contain alcohol which will disappear when used in cooking (cookies and cakes). Do we have to resort to putting these items in locked cabinets like we do with certain over the counter medications and baby formula in powdered form? We will have to definitely thank all the abusers for this problem.

  • Michael Bankston 2 years ago

    Should teenagers even be drinking coffee?

  • Belinda Baronelli 2 years ago

    Well…after.reading thusnarticle.greens will be flicking to The store to buy it.

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