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Miss Conduct

Advice on discussing a relative’s addiction

How to respond when questions feel intrusive. Plus, awkwardness around party invites.

> My oldest sister has had many alcohol-related health problems, made worse by self-neglect. She was recently hospitalized, and family and friends seemed determined to hear me say it’s all because of her drinking, saying things like “This should be a wake-up call” or “Do you think it’s because of her drinking?” I am livid. I wish I had a good comeback.

L.O. / Medford

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