I firmly believe that the bottom line is that health and life quality improves after quitting alcohol. How could it not? At the very least the odds of a healthier, longer improve .
My friend has been sober for 6 months and was never diagnosed with full blown cirrhosis ( which doesn’t mean he’s out if the woods, just never showed up on any blood tests so far) He was a heavy drinker.
But now hes wavering, keeps fretting about all the people he knew, including former drinkers who “died young “, even if they quit drinking. He’s very depressed by this, feels “doomed”.
He hasn't gone back to drink yet. I think if I had any positive statistics or studies it could bolster his spirits. I also realize he may just be looking for an excuse to drink again but I feel hopeful because he’s made some very positive changes, works with a therapist weekly and goes to support groups, is addressing the root causes of his anxieties, etc .
I thought maybe this group would have info about studies or even anecdotes about those who’ve gone on to live long lives after quitting. I haven’t been able to find any info myself. If so, I could share it. Again, if he’s just looking for an excuse to drink, I know it isn’t likely to make a difference.
But what’s the harm in my trying to provide hopeful info?