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Ask Amy: Brother’s drinking disrupts tight family

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Plan for a visit with your folks when your baby is around three-months old.

Dear Amy: I have a roommate who is going through one of the biggest betrayals in her life. I don’t know how to help her.

Her brother is dating her ex-friend. She told him not to get involved with the ex-friend because of the animosity between them, but now these two are engaged.

No one told her about the engagement; she found out from her aunt, who asked her if she was going to the wedding.

Her father doesn’t want to get in between her and her brother. He has a hands-off policy.

I don’t know what to say and do for her.


I hear about how her brother and dad treat her to the point I want to scream. I comfort her as much as possible, but I’m starting to feel burned out.

The situation isn’t changing and while I care for her, I find myself wanting to avoid any conversation about her family’s treatment.

What should I do?

– Dejected Roomie


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