Throwing a Blind Eye

Dear Short Answers: I have a friend who, I think, has a serious drug problem.  I’ve never mentioned it to him because I believe that addicts can only cure themselves.  But now I’m starting to wonder if by ignoring it, I’m enabling him?  His other friends and I have talked about this and not sure [...]

No Silver Bullet

Dear Short Answers: Every morning I wake up and vow that I am not going to eat too much or drink too much.  But then I get hungry and have a big lunch.  Then friends invite me out for a quick drink and I have 6.  My motivation is super high in the morning and [...]

Stay Away From Drunks

Dear Short Answers: A couple years ago, I had a stalker. I took him to court. I didn’t win the court case so I don’t have a restraining order but he still left me alone after that. He never would do anything to physically harm me, but he would mentally harass me. Fast forward to [...]

Are Pregnant Woman A Public Issue?

Dear Short Answers: There is a woman at work who is pregnant but still drinks at company parties (and probably a lot of other places where I don’t see her). How do I get her to stop? And doesn’t the company have a responsibility here? Isn’t serving alcohol to a pregnant woman like serving alcohol [...]

A Very Personal Question

Dear Short Answers: How much drinking is too much? Party Girl Dear PG: If you think you drink too much, you probably do.  If others think so, they are probably right. Like Unlike

Smoking Around

Dear Short Answers: What do you do if you think your boyfriend is sneaking a cigarette after SWEARING that he has quit? Megan Dear Megan: There isn’t a person on the planet who doesn’t know that cigarette smoking is a killer — including your BF since he no longer smokes in public. Hopefully,  the inconvenience [...]

It’s an Addiction, Michael

Dear Short Answers: I have a friend who plays with his phone constantly. He is either checking email or texting or just compulsively looking at it. Am I a relic of another less electronic age or is he incredibly rude? Michael Dear Michael: Of course it is incredibly rude.  And everyone who does it knows [...]

No Fault Dinner Party

Dear Short Answers: Last week, I went to a party and the host insisted that everybody have a few cocktails before dinner, then wine with dinner, then after dinner drinks. When anybody tried to refuse another drink, he got a little belligerent. I had a little too much alcohol and accidentally broke a vase that [...]

Seeing and Saying

Dear Short Answers: If I see someone at an office party snorting cocaine do I have an obligation to report him to HR? An Employee Dear E: No. Like Unlike

The Answer Is “No”

Dear Short Answer: Is it possible to drink a lot and still lose weight? Hoping Dear Hoping: Look at it another way — you will certainly lose more weight if you drink “a lot less” (all other things remaining equal). Like Unlike

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