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The House Will Take You

What can Emily say to get through to her brother about the dangers of gambling?

QUESTION: Emily’s 30-year-old brother has no debt, but lost his job and has resorted to gambling. He wins a lot and is generous with his winnings. How can she rationally talk to him that this is a disaster waiting to happen? It depends on how rational he is, says Dave.

ANSWER: I don’t know how you communicate that. It depends on how willing he is to listen to you. Some family members you can talk to diplomatically. No one makes a living off of gambling. That only happens in the movies. Don’t get caught up in that; get a job instead.