"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 a drinking problem 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 of alcohol recovery 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 alcohol rehab process 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
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4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
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4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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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Stephanie Birdwell
Community Member
4 years ago

Same guy from number 8.

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#9

1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Koen Vleminckx
Community Member
4 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
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4 years ago

She looks years younger

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#11

7 Years Sober

7 Years Sober

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Tish Ramsey
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#12

99 Days Sober

99 Days Sober

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Buddy Hoffmann
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4 years ago

But a bitch ain't 1

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#13

1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Christine Todd-Barlow
Community Member
4 years ago

Absolutely amazing!!

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#14

1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Kjorn
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4 years ago

the streacher got smaller

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#15

6 Months Sober

6 Months Sober

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Kirsa Rasmussen
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks younger

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#16

156 Days Sober

156 Days Sober

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Erin Lee
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow he looks so much younger.

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#17

500 Days Sober

500 Days Sober

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Diana Lazar
Community Member
4 years ago

This is the 3rd picture with this guy.

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#18

3y 4m 17d Sober Together

3y 4m 17d Sober Together

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Community Member
4 years 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

95 Days Sober

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Dawn Hill
Community Member
4 years ago

Hello handsome & healthy!!!

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#20

1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell
Community Member
4 years ago

ahh pretty you <3 well done

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#21

1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Monica Towner
Community Member
4 years ago

He went from "NOT" to HOT!!

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#22

6 Months Sober

6 Months Sober

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Deleine
Community Member
4 years ago

you look so good!!

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#23

At 11 Months Sober (3.85 Years Now)

At 11 Months Sober (3.85 Years Now)

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Anna von 30sto50s
Community Member
4 years ago

What a handsome fella on the right!

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#24

4 Years Sober

4 Years Sober

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Natalie
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4 years ago

Stfu lol you look so amazing

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#25

1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell
Community Member
4 years ago

Much better ^^

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#26

77 Days Sober

77 Days Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell
Community Member
4 years ago

Keep going girl you are amazing :0)

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#27

7 Months Sober

7 Months Sober

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Rajani Sarasan
Community Member
4 years ago

Dang people are dropping weight like a whole person

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#28

1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell
Community Member
4 years ago

well done you are awesome :0)

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#29

1 Year Sober

1 Year Sober

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Natalie
Community Member
4 years ago

You look so much more beautiful and healthy now

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#30

100 Days Sober

100 Days Sober

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Deleine
Community Member
4 years ago

you look amazing!!

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#31

120 Days Without A Drink

120 Days Without A Drink

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Dawn Munoz
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4 years ago

Great job

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#32

5 Months Sober

5 Months Sober

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#33

5 Months Sober.

5 Months Sober.

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Kim Keenan
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4 years 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

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

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Kathleen Ferry
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#35

2 Years.

2 Years.

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Rosemary Walsh
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4 years 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

151 Days Sober

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Caroline Hoxter
Community Member
4 years 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

21 Months Sober

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Natalie
Community Member
4 years 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

2 Years

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Gina Cee
Community Member
4 years ago

Whoa, awesome transformation

Kara Blumenthal
Community Member
3 years ago

<3!!!!!

Lynn Nowakowski
Community Member
4 years ago

👍🏻

Irene Arnold Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

Woe!

Mike Gentles
Community Member
4 years ago

great dude

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#39

Before & After :)

Before & After :)

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Community Member
4 years ago

MUCH happier lol ;)

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#40

19 Months Sober

19 Months Sober

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Irene Arnold Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

Awesome!

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#41

17 Months Sober

17 Months Sober

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Heidy Kairos
Community Member
4 years ago

gorgeous

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#42

1,368 Days Sober

1,368 Days Sober

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Rebel Lillo
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful!

#43

15 Months Sober

15 Months Sober

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Irene Arnold Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing!

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#44

9 Years Sober

9 Years Sober

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Caryn Sloan
Community Member
3 years ago

You look so vibrant and years younger!

#45

1,5 Years Sober.

1,5 Years Sober.

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Michael Southern
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4 years 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
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#47

2 Months Sober

2 Months Sober

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Steve Alexander
Community Member
3 years ago

dont believe that at all

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#48

Before And ~6 Monthsish

Before And ~6 Monthsish

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Kimberly Cameron
Community Member
4 years ago

Nice!

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#49

234 Days Sober

234 Days Sober

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Kelley Paterson
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4 years ago

You look amazing!

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#50

8 Months Sober

8 Months Sober

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Caryn Sloan
Community Member
3 years ago

You look great!

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