"Everything in moderation" is a pretty good rule to live by, especially where alcohol is concerned. Obvious effects of alcohol on the body are high blood pressure (hypertension), which increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke, liver damage and increased risk of cancers. Another, not so noticeable effect of alcohol is that sipping too many Margaritas can also cause you to gain a bunch of excess pounds. There are roughly 200 calories in a pint of beer and about 230 calories in 100 grams of vodka.

When a heavy drinker gives up on the alcohol abuse, 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 recognizable when compared alongside their former selves, and while some of them complemented ending hard-partying days with exercise, benefits of quitting drinking cannot be clearer by looking at these pictures.

#1 7 Months Sober

7 Months Sober

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Cesi Baca 2 years ago

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

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#2 1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Shane Watson 2 years 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

8.5 Months Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 2 years ago

Well done you are awesome :0)

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#4 6 Months Sober

6 Months Sober

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Jen Ray 2 years ago

Wow that beard fell right off

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#5 1.5 Years Sober

1.5 Years Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 2 years ago

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

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#6 1.5 Years Sober

1.5 Years Sober

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Sergio Bicerra 2 years 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

300 Days Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 2 years ago

What a diffrent well done :0) awesome you.

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#8 1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Daniel Vance 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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#10 5 Years Sober

5 Years Sober

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Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

She looks years younger

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