I have a very dear friend who lives a 2 hour plane ride away. We catch up regularly via the phone and emails but I only see her in person a couple of times each year. She has been steadily increasing her drinking over the last two years since she broke up with her long-term partner. I don't believe she is upset about the breakup or anything, I think she is perhaps just 'reliving her youth' or the time that she 'missed' while with her partner. Over the last two weeks she has been trying to reduce her alcohol intake and have some sober weekends. None of these attempts have been successful though and she has continued to do things like leave work for an hour in the afternoons to have a drink, before returning for the last part of the day (and then attending work drinks). If she were in the same town as me I would be trying to plan some sober activities with her. As we are separated though I'm not sure how best to help. I would welcome any ideas!