Our expert says:
This is a very individualised thing. At 17 there are those young people who know their limits and know when to stop, and those who always become extremely drunk. Among friends young people are able to identify who can control themselves and who cannot. Some people are more at risk of becoming addicted - particularly if there is a history of addiction in the family, or when troubled the young person turns to alcohol to block out their emotions.
If you have concerns about someones alcohol intake try speaking with them about it. At 17 of course legally he is underage, but we know that teens are drinking regardless of the law. A parent needs to set boundaries with which they are comfortable which can range from no alcohol, to only drinking certain amounts under certain circumstances.
For further information take a look at the folowing website: www.drugcentre.org.za
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