"Everything in moderation" is a pretty good rule to live by, especially where alcohol is concerned. Too much booze can cause high blood pressure (hypertension), which increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke. It can also cause you to gain a bunch of excess pounds thanks to all the extra calories in alcohol (there's roughly 200 calories in a pint of beer and about 230 calories in 100 grams of vodka).


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When a heavy drinker gives up alcohol however, the physical metamorphosis is staggering. Take a look at these before and after pictures to see what we mean. Some of the people in the photographs are barely recognisable when compared alongside their former selves, and while some of them complemented quitting with exercise, the pictures nevertheless serve as a powerful reminder of what can happen when you party too hard.

#1 7 Months Sober

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Cesi Baca 1 year ago

Holy cow! He looks great! All the bloating and redness have gone.

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#2 1 Year Sober

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Shane Watson 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing this. By the way, I'm coming up on five years sober (11/29/16). -Shane (Silverladder) fouryearss...b5e167.jpg fouryearssober-5819058b5e167.jpg

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#3 8.5 Months Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

Well done you are awesome :0)

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#4 6 Months Sober

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Jen Ray 1 year ago

Wow that beard fell right off

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#5 1.5 Years Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

well done and love the light in your eyes :0)

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#6 1.5 Years Sober

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Sergio Bicerra 1 year ago

I love the fact there is someone's hand in the first pict, like suportting hi

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#7 300 Days Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

What a diffrent well done :0) awesome you.

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#8 1 Year Sober

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Daniel Vance 1 year ago

That guy has went a year without getting rid of that pornstache?

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#9 1 Year Sober

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Koen Vleminckx 1 year ago

And that's just the outside. Imagine what it did to their brain ad liver.

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#10 5 Years Sober

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

She looks years younger

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#11 7 Years Sober

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Tish Ramsey 1 year ago

Bravo. Look at that smile. You're glowing!

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#12 99 Days Sober

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Buddy Hoffmann 1 year ago

But a bitch ain't 1

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#13 1 Year Sober

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Christine Todd-Barlow 1 year ago

Absolutely amazing!!

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#14 1 Year Sober

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Kjorn 1 year ago

the streacher got smaller

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#15 6 Months Sober

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Kirsa Rasmussen 1 year ago

He looks younger

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#16 156 Days Sober

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Erin Lee 1 year ago

Wow he looks so much younger.

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#17 500 Days Sober

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Diana Lazar 1 year ago

This is the 3rd picture with this guy.

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#18 3y 4m 17d Sober Together

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1 year ago

Thank you! It literally saved his life and allowed both of us to have a life worth living.

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#19 95 Days Sober

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Dawn Hill 1 year ago

Hello handsome & healthy!!!

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#20 1 Year Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

ahh pretty you <3 well done

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#21 1 Year Sober

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Monica Towner 1 year ago

He went from "NOT" to HOT!!

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#22 6 Months Sober

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Deleine 1 year ago

you look so good!!

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#23 At 11 Months Sober (3.85 Years Now)

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Anna von 30sto50s 1 year ago

What a handsome fella on the right!

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#24 4 Years Sober

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Natalie 1 year ago

Stfu lol you look so amazing

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#25 1 Year Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

Much better ^^

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#26 77 Days Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

Keep going girl you are amazing :0)

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#27 7 Months Sober

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Rajani Sarasan 1 year ago

Dang people are dropping weight like a whole person

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#28 1 Year Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

well done you are awesome :0)

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#29 1 Year Sober

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Natalie 1 year ago

You look so much more beautiful and healthy now

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#30 100 Days Sober

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Deleine 1 year ago

you look amazing!!

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#31 120 Days Without A Drink

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#32 5 Months Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

Look really young .. all you need is a smile on that healty new face :0)

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#33 5 Months Sober.

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Kim Keenan 1 year ago

You look 20 years younger!!! ♡

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#34 What A Difference 5+ Years Of Sobriety Makes! Sober Date: January 16, 2011. #recoveryrocks #iamtheevidence #gratitude

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Kathleen Ferry 1 year ago

Love love love!!!! You are a Rock star!

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#35 2 Years.

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Rosemary Walsh 1 year ago

My father FINALLY became sober. I will always wish he had done it when I was a young girl.

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#36 151 Days Sober

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Caroline Hoxter 1 year ago

Good for you! On the left you are in a hospital bed. On the right you are fit and healthy. You should be very proud!! You rock, keep it up.

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#37 21 Months Sober

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Natalie 1 year ago

I love your tattoos girl - haters always gonna hate - keep moving n brush your proud shoulders off! Beautiful

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#38 2 Years

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Gina Cee 1 year ago

Whoa, awesome transformation

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#39 Before & After :)

Before & After :)

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#40 19 Months Sober

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

Awesome!

#41 17 Months Sober

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Heidy Kairos 1 year ago

gorgeous

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#42 1,368 Days Sober

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Rebel Lillo 1 year ago

Beautiful!

#43 15 Months Sober

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

Amazing!

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#44 9 Years Sober

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Caryn Sloan 1 year ago

You look so vibrant and years younger!

#45 1,5 Years Sober.

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Michael Southern 1 year ago

I'm thinking the photo on the left is the after photo, and the one on the right is the before photo! Just possibly...

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#46 13 Months Sober .. Not Only Did I Stop Alcohol And All Non Aa Substance I Also Stopped Drinking Soda.

13 Months Sober .. Not Only Did I Stop Alcohol And All Non Aa Substance I Also Stopped Drinking Soda.

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Christina Brault 1 year ago

You're so happy and making so many things happen! So stoked for you girl!

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#47 2 Months Sober

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Steve Alexander 1 year ago

dont believe that at all

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#48 Before And ~6 Monthsish

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Kimberly Cameron 1 year ago

Nice!

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#49 234 Days Sober

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Kelley Paterson 1 year ago

You look amazing!

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#50 8 Months Sober

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Caryn Sloan 1 year ago

You look great!

#51 5 Years Sober

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Sheila Marie 1 year ago

Great job!!! You look amazing!

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#52 1.5 Years Sober (100lbs Less)

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Jamie Johnson 1 year ago

Wow!! YOU look healthy and happy!

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#53 One Step At A Time

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

Wow! What a difference!

#54 1 Year Difference

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Katelynn Tirjan 1 year ago

I think the 1st pic is her current pic. It's the same as her profile pic.

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#55 Best Decision I Ever Made.

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

You look amazing! Keep up the good work!

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#56 1 Year Sober (i'm On The Left) 😁

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Ryan Peret 1 year ago

well, you got the mud off anyhow.

#57 234 Days Sober

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Teresa Rodden 1 year ago

beautiful! super cute hair cut too :)

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#58 Before In Late 2011, Trying To Moderate. Got Sober 8/19/2012. After Is In August Of 2016. 45lbs Lighter + My Bp Without Meds Was 196/92, Now It Is 118/62.

Before In Late 2011, Trying To Moderate. Got Sober 8/19/2012. After Is In August Of 2016. 45lbs Lighter + My Bp Without Meds Was 196/92, Now It Is 118/62.

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

Fantastic!

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#59 4 Months Sober

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#60 30 Years.....

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Michelle Turner 1 year ago

I dont have a picture but I am hitting my 25th year! Bravo Sister!!

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#61 15 Months Sober

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Juan Diaz 1 week ago

Awesome, I have 15 months Sober Life is good..

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#62 11 Years Sober

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

Wow! You look great! Keep up the good work!

#63 13+ Years Sober Whollysober.com

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Caryn Sloan 1 year ago

Stunning transformation!

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#64 5.25 Years Sober

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#65 1 Year Sober!

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

Congratulations! Keep it up!

#66 3 Months Difference.. Left To Right.

3 Months Difference.. Left To Right.

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#67 3.5 Years Sober!

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Jessica Hardy 1 year ago

I know you! How cool you made it on Bored Panda. You look awesome and so healthy!

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#68 4 Years Sober

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blackroselld 1 year ago

i think both look good

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#69 10 Years Sober

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#70 5 Years!

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Caryn Sloan 1 year ago

You look terrific!

#71 11 Months And 19 Days Sober

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Sherlock Rhodes 1 year ago

Well how cute are you!? Congrats on nearing a year!

#72 10 Months Down... Fat Face Mcgee. Go Cubs!

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Dawn Hill 1 year ago

Wow!!! Looking great!!

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#73 Sober Nick

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#74 4 Months Sans Booze

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#75 Forstmann

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#76 15 Months Sober

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#77 3 Year's Sober

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#78 18 Months!

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blackroselld 1 year ago

very very nice

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#79 Sobriety Date 7/11/05

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Caryn Sloan 1 year ago

You look wonderful!

#80 12 Years Sober

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#81 Not All Can Want It, But If You Truly Try You Can Defeat It Or At Least Minimize It

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#82 At 77 Days, I Did My 1st Half Marathon!

At 77 Days, I Did My 1st Half Marathon!

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

You go girl!

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#83 986 Days Sober!

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Irene Arnold Martin 1 year ago

Woe! Fantastic!

#84 6 Months No Alcohol

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Kerry McWilliams Shek 1 year ago

I hope you feel as fabulous as you look!

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#85 9 Months Sober

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