Cape Town - Two out of every three Western Cape youths will be drinking by the time they turn 16. And half of them will be smokers.
The findings were presented from a new survey by the Medical Research Council.
Evidence showed that young people are becoming exposed to so-called gateway drugs far earlier than before.
Watch: eNCA reporter Lester Kiewit delves into the MRC's research that puts the Western Cape is the often touted drug and alcohol capital of the country.