Friends – great. WB – depends what you mean.
My alter ego ( I was involved too) has several good drinking buddies, built up from long years of mountaineering, camping and hill walking together. This kind of builds emotional bonds through shared experiences, especially when in high risk situations. He and his friends spend all their time, in between pints, making known their boasts, reminiscing and telling stories that grow taller with each telling, to themselves (yet again) and anybody who will listen. These are friendships that endure for a lifetime.
That’s the only sort of benefits I am interested in.