Teens are dressing up as mask-wearing grandmas in order to successfully buy alcohol without ID during the coronavirus pandemic. Teens have attempted alcohol purchases with fake ID’s for decades, but thanks to COVID mask ordinances and the latest TIKTOK prank, it is becoming even more popular and dangerous.
Teens Are Dressing Up Like Masked Grandparents to Successfully Buy Alcohol
If you’re the parent of a teen, chances are you’ve considered how to discuss the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse with your child. Thanks to initiatives such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse or DARE, awareness surrounding adolescent drug use continues to stand at an all-time highs. But were you prepared for COVID?
A new TIKTOK prank showcases how teens are currently using masking ordinances to walk into their local convenience store and purchase alcohol without being asked for an ID. They are using the era of COVID-19 masking ordinances to their advantage, dressing up as their parents or grandparents in baggy cardigans, sandals, scarves, and masks. With a combination of makeup, protective masks, and convincing outfits, they are successfully purchasing alcohol while under the drinking age. One video had 1.5 million views showing a girl having wrinkles drawn on by her friends and entering a shop with wire-rimmed glasses and headscarf before it was made private. Another focused on the success of the prank before being removed from TIKTOK for violating the user standards agreement.
In April, comedian Jason Lawhead joked about masks upping a teens’ chances of being able to purchase alcohol tweeting,
“Now that we have to wear masks, this is the best time to buy alcohol with a fake ID since the early 80’s.”
Growing evidence shows how alcohol can interfere with brain development and functions. The American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizes how the teen years are a critical time for brain growth, when connections responsible for emotional regulation, planning and organization are being formed and fine-tuned. The good news is, teen alcohol use has declined since the 1990’s.
If you suspect your child or teen of alcohol use you can look for poor coordination, slow reflexes or reaction time, slurred speech, sleepiness, altered emotions, and poor vision. If you teen shows any of the following signs, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room:
- Uncontrolled urination
- Uncontrolled defecation
- Breathing difficulties
- Passing out