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Alcoholism in a Teen

Okay, so I'm writing a story (obviously) that contains a kid (named Deimos) who is 16/17, 5'4", about 130-140lb. Deimos is an alcoholic. (His early teens were not a happy time, and we'll leave it at that for now, or it'll spawn a billion other questions that I need answered sometime soon.)

If my boy Deimos starts drinking at, say, age 13 or 14, goes binging about every month, maybe every two weeks. At 17, he quits booze completely for about six months before reverting back to it ( but just having about a bottle of beer every few days rather than binging as badly as before) until he turns 21, when he goes cold turkey again.  Would this be anywhere near accurate, or would his body get messed up much sooner than that? How much of this could his liver really take before his it just gives out? How would his brain fare through all of this?

EDIT: Alright, so, apparently I've had an epic fail on my part here. I came home today to 33 comments mainly consisting of "That's not alcoholic behavior!" and "What? Drinking that much is perfectly normal!" Whoops. I'm not criticizing those of you who said things along those lines-- Thank you for enlightening me, in fact. I seem to be awfully in the dark about alcohol and how popular it is, as I've never touched it in my life and don't spend much time partying-- so I'd like to clear up a few things about my character Deimos here and ask everyone to please stop telling me that "this is not alcoholic behavior". I'm really getting tired of hearing that "Being alcoholic does not depend on how much you drink; it's about whether you need to drink to get through the day." Thank you. I already know. I never even once contradicted this or said anything to the contrary. Honestly, upon saying that he is an alcoholic in my opening, I was inferring that he needs a drink to get through the day because I already know that's what it means to be alcoholic. Any more comments that do not pertain to my original question will be either deleted or screened. In short: This horse is dead. Stop beating it, because you're driving me up the wall.

ALRIGHT, so, I feel terribly stupid now, I really should have explained more about Deimos. He is not a normal teenager; for reasons that I won't go into because I know none of you will want to hear about it, some mind-altering traumatic events in his early life caused him to not be going to school and to have a job as (for all intents and purposes) a police officer at the age of 14/15, and he starts drinking shortly before that. Based on the comments and suggestions from this thread, he goes binge drinking two or three times a week and has a drink in the morning/after work/as he goes to bed. At 17, due to the pleadings of a friend (whose father was a violent alcoholic), Deimos quits drinking. Withdrawal? Yes. About a year or so later, he (without going into details) 'gets a new job' and has another mind-altering traumatic experience, and so he no longer gives a rat's ass about his friend's advice and goes back to drinking, though, as I said, not as heavily as before, and continues to drink for the next four years or so. A few epic chase scenes later, the effects of all the mind-altering traumatic events has (mostly) gone away, and he wants to stop drinking again, this time for good. By this point, would his body be messed up badly enough for it to kill him? is really my main question. He's going to die at 22 one way or another, I'm just wondering if liver failure would add into the equation at all.
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