My working associate was a top-notch salesman and highly respected by our employer and others, but he had a severe drinking problem that nearly ended his life. A ruptured stomach ulcer finally caused him to start bleeding internally, resulting in a speedy ambulance trip to the hospital and concerns about his survival by family members. Finally, he began to recover but his return to health was hindered by his constant anxiety over debts he had accumulated.
One day, his father-in-law came to the hospital to visit him and asked if he had learned anything from this fearful experience. He answered that he had learned how dangerous it was for him to drink and said he was through with alcohol for life.
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