Doctors had been telling Keith for years he needed to cut back on his boozing.
He once famously boasted he would never stop because he had outlived several medics who chided him about his constant partying. Hell Raising Rolling Stone Keith Ricard has gone on the wagon – despite claiming he would NEVER give up booze.
The 66-year-old rocker finally quit after getting strict orders from his doctor – and watching bandmate Ronnie Wood’s life unravel through alcoholism.
Now “Keef” has not touched a drop for Four Months.
A friend said last night: “There’s no guarantees that he’ll stay off it – but he’s doing really well so far.”
But four years ago he suffered a brain haemorrhage after falling out of a palm tree during a booze-fuelled trip to Fiji with pal Ronnie – who later left wife Jo for teenager Katia Ivanova.
Now doctors say Keith’s hedonistic lifestyle is finally starting to take its toll.
A source close to the guitarist – married to former model Patti Hanson for 26 years – said: “He has always quite enjoyed the fact that he seemed to be able to carry on drinking as much as he liked with no real negative impact on his health.
“But he has watched Ronnie fall well and truly off the wagon last year and he doesn’t like what he sees.
“Plus he has started to feel for the first time like it might do him some good to give up the booze for a while.”