TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) – Students buy vanilla extract and use it to get drunk.

This was said by a high school in downtown Atlanta, which sent a letter to parents this week warning them to look for Trader Joe's pure bourbon vanilla extract, the Atlanta Journal newspaper reported. Constitution.

According to school officials, students went to Trader Joe's, across the street, to buy the $ 9 bottle of extract. Then they will pour it into the cafe of a nearby Starbucks. A student was sent to the hospital after drinking coffee.

According to FDA standards, pure vanilla extract contains at least 35% alcohol, which is the same proof as Captain Morgan rum. You can not buy it at alcohol stores, but it's sold in grocery stores and for many, it's a staple.

"This is not at all a charge of Trader Joe, but parents should know that this product contains 35% alcohol and we found that some students had consumed this intoxicant." Another thing to watch out for ", extract from the letter reads.

As the newspaper reports, naive teens get drunk with vanilla extract are nothing new.

"Drinking vanilla extract as alcohol is not new. At the time of high school, kids were making a" super vanilla "ice cream," wrote a reader in response to the letter, which was shared on AJC's Get Schooled Facebook page.

"At least, Trader Joe's staff is aware.I bought a bottle of alcohol-free extract at this store last week and the cashier told me that they were watching carefully. Vanilla sales because of this problem.In addition, what a really expensive price means to get some alcohol … "wrote another.