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Keith Richards and Ron Wood Reportedly Helping Each Other Stay Sober


After 40-plus years on the sauce, Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood have both decided to give up the hooch. If that’s not enough, the recently estranged bandmates have reportedly mended fences and come together to help one another with their mutual recoveries.

“Keith and Ronnie hadn’t had much to do with one another but now they’re back in touch,” friends of the rockers tell U.K. newspaper the Express. “They’ve both given up alcohol recently so they can obviously relate to each other’s situation. They’ve been giving one another plenty of moral support.”

Following decades of alcohol abuse, the cigarette-dangling, whiskey clutching Richards, 66, was urged by physicians to stop imbibing for health reasons.

Meanwhile, Wood — who saw his marriage fall apart in 2008 after he started a debauchery-filled affair with young Russian waitress Ekaterina Ivanova — is purportedly being guided through sobriety by new girlfriend Ana Araujo. Last month, Wood entered rehab for the eighth time after reports circulated at the end of 2009 that the guitarist might be fired from the Stones if he didn’t seek treatment.