I think the title is quite self-explanatory, but let's explain it a bit more.
I am hesitating asking a question here. The question itself (~20-year-old with a behavior I need help handling) would be on topic if I were a parent.
However, I am not directly related to that person, at least not in a way that would qualify as "parenting" (not father/son/guardian/keeper...).
Would such a question be on topic? Should I rephrase it as if I were in a parenting position and deal with the interpretation of the answer? Is it plain off topic?