You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


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

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week