Sometimes friends can give support - but here's when to get help from an expert

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Most of the time, problems can be hashed out with friends in social settings. But when family feuds and work pressures start building up faster than you can say "it's my round", a stiff drink isn't always going to cut it. Here's how to know when to call in the big guns.

Your partner is behaving like a major d-bag

Girl, grab a drink - just make sure you enjoy it with someone you trust. "Sometimes all we need is a close friend who's a good listener to provide comfort and give a few practical suggestions," advises Elly Taylor, relationship counsellor and author of Becoming Us. Be wary though. "If your friend riles you up or confirms that your guy is a bastard without knowing the full context, it could lead you to make a decision you'll regret," says Elly.

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