Partying With Gummy Bears: A New (and Dangerous) Way Kids Are Getting Drunk


Teen drinking isn’t anything that parents haven’t seen before.

However, some of the ways teens are consuming alcohol is getting more creative – and more dangerous – than ever.

As a result, we are all seeing increases in teen alcoholism and addiction. The tragedy is, teens don’t realize that alcohol is actually a poison – one whose adverse effects are a real danger to their health. Substance use in teens has taken a new turn, and it may be more difficult than you think to spot when your teen has joined the party.

How Do Teens Get Drunk?

It used to be that teen drinking involved shots, beer bongs, and party games, all of which were dangerous in and of themselves. Now, however, teens are getting drunk in more inventive ways. The latest craze? Teens are soaking gummy bears in vodka.
While this isn’t exactly a new idea, it has grown in popularity over the past few years. Teens have been drawn to this method of consuming alcohol because it’s very easy to hide: since gummy candies look harmless and vodka is virtually odorless, detecting the alcohol is nearly impossible. The problem is, vodka-soaked gummy bears aren’t such an innocent way for teens to be partying; teens aren’t aware of how much alcohol they’re actually consuming.

How Vodka Soaked Gummy Bears are Leading to Addiction

Those cute little candies are deceptive to teenagers who think trying out a little alcohol by eating gummy bears isn’t that bad. After all, how much alcohol can be in a gummy bear, right? The problem is not how much is absorbed in each, but how easy it is to keep eating them and lose track of how much you’ve consumed. In fact, Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies notes that it might only take a couple handfuls of these gummies to raise a teen’s blood alcohol to dangerous levels.
Teen alcoholism can destroy a young person’s life, and it’s important to be on the lookout for signs that your teen might be drinking or may be experiencing alcohol poisoning. Some symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Double vision
  • Vomiting
  • Low body temperature
  • Slowed breathing rate

If you believe your teen is suffering from alcohol addiction or has a problem with substance use, it’s important to seek professional help right away. There are usually underlying issues that go along with alcohol and substance use, and residential treatment centers, like the one at Elevations RTC, can put together an individualized program to get your teen back on track. Teen alcoholism is no laughing matter, and alcohol poisoning can lead to coma, and even death. Don’t wait. Get your teen the help they need before it’s too late.

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The Elevations Team