Teen Dresses Up As His Mom To Buy Alcohol, Goes Viral

By Kelly Burch 09/23/16

A photo of the teen disguised as his mom has gone viral but the teen hasn’t been identified.

Teen Dresses Up As His Mom To Buy Alcohol, Goes Viral

Anyone who used to drink alcohol underage probably has a story about going to extraordinary lengths to secure a bit of liquor illegally. However, a teenager in the UK may have the most unique story yet, after he dressed as his mother and used her ID to buy alcohol. 

The boy, who has not been identified, donned a matching women’s jacket and hat as well as a plaid scarf and sunglasses in order to pass as his own mother. In photos that were uploaded to social media, there is a picture of his mother's ID next to a photo of the boy dressed in her attire, and the two look shockingly alike. 

Apparently the boy’s disguise was enough to fool the shopkeeper who sold him a bottle of vodka and Mad Dog 20/20, a flavored wine beverage.

Despite the fact that the teen may have fooled the shopkeeper, it’s likely that his mother, the unknowing accomplice in the shopping trip, has found out. The bold and humorous stunt went viral on Facebook and has been covered by press on both sides of the Atlantic.

The pictures first appeared on The Glasgow Gospel Facebook page, according to the Daily Record. At the time of this writing, that post has received nearly 24,000 likes and 5,000 comments, ranging from people critiquing the boy’s choice of alcohol to laughing at how bold he was to try the stunt. 

In Scotland, where the purchase appeared to occur, you must be 18 to purchase liquor. (The minimum age to be served wine, beer or cider is 16.) The boy is therefore likely to have been an even younger teen. 

Joking aside, underage drinking is a serious problem in the United Kingdom. A 2011 report found that Brits were starting to drink younger, imbibing more often and more alcohol than ever before. The early drinking contributes to a high rate of liver damage in an unusually young population in the UK. 

"The earlier the age at which children drink, and the more they drink, the greater the chance of developing serious liver disease in adult life," Chris Record, a liver specialist at Newcastle University Hospital, told the Guardian in 2011. 

"Many patients are now presenting with terminal liver disease in their late 20s and early 30s. Only a few years ago alcoholic liver disease was very unusual in this age group." 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.