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.