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I'm worried about my sister (gambling) - July 29th 2010, 02:23 PM

My sister is the manager in the pub I work in. She's there a lot on her own doing paper work, cleaning, waiting for barrels to be delivered etc. She gets bored a lot and plays the fruit machine. At first I seen nothing wrong with it, I mean I play it myself. The thing is she doesn't know when to stop and she's playing it everyday :| It obviously wasn't paying out yesterday but she kept putting money in, in the end she won 10 but put it back in, she then won 11 and put 10 back in.

She has told me she's sometimes in the house and is tempted to go up there just to play it :/ I'm scared it may turn into an addiction, I think it may be slowly.

She doesn't really listen to me when I tell her to stop though :| At least when I win something I don't put it back in and know when to walk away. What should I say to her?

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Re: I'm worried about my sister (gambling) - July 29th 2010, 03:12 PM

I would just sit down with your sister sometime when the two of you are alone, and let her know how you feel about this, and that you are concerned that this is going to turn into an addiction. Let her know that you care about her and that you don't want that to happen to her, and are worried about her. Hopefully she will listen and realize that she's been gambling excessively. I hope that everything goes well :] Good luck.
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Re: I'm worried about my sister (gambling) - July 29th 2010, 09:33 PM

I don't have much to add except to agree with what Amanda said. All you can do is tell your sister you're worried and how you feel and hope she'll take that concern into consideration. Ultimately it's her decision, though. You can only be there for her.

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