Your teen and booze: understanding underage drinking and spotting the red flags

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Ever offer your teens a tipple? Suspect they’re drinking on the sly? Here’s hard-hitting advice for parent.
Ever offer your teens a tipple? Suspect they’re drinking on the sly? Here’s hard-hitting advice for parent.
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You're at a family function, everyone is enjoying a drink and your16-year-old daughter asks if she can have a glass of bubbly. Or your 14-year-old son arrives home from a party smelling of beer.

Should you be worried or is it just a rite of passage?

Booze is very much a part of South African life. Many people would find it hard to imagine a braai without around or two of beers or a sit-down dinner without a bottle of wine. Some parents think if they allow their kids a glass, they are at least in the safety of their own homes. But teens whose early exposure to alcohol comes from home aren’t protected against the dangers of alcohol.

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