Our expert says:
As woman says, he's 23 an legally adul and can go anywhere he pleases. He has a full legal right to be sensible or stupid, if he so wishes.
It is your mom's choice whether she insists on becoming awfully upset if he makes his own decisions, or not. It is not compulsory.
I suspect that the more you all try to talk them out of this, the more determined they will both be, to do what they have decided. You can't win that way, and may lose him all the more totally if you try to stop him.
Let him learn to accept and deal with the consequences of his own decisions, and he could become wiser in future
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