Powerful before-and-after photos show what happens when you quit drinking

By YOU
19 February 2017

The difference is unbelievable!

A glass of tipple every now and then can be a delightful treat.

But what happens when it turns into several glasses every day -- or more?

In a photo series sourced from online forums, BoredPanda explored the effects prolonged regular alcohol consumption can have on your appearance -- and what happens when you quit.

PHOTO: ghostbackwards/Reddit 7 months sober. PHOTO: ghostbackwards/Reddit

Some of the ex-drinkers photos, which were originally shared on Reddit and Imgur, have since gone viral, look almost unrecognisable in their after pics. Gone are the blotchy faces, red noses and PLENTY of extra body weight.

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It's not clear how much the subjects were drinking initially, but the physical change is remarkable.

"I am incredibly grateful to have picked up my two year chip today," Redditer user silverladder wrote. "My life is 180 degrees from where it was just two years ago. I am thankful for sobriety and thankful to have a second chance at life."

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User brittsuzanne captioned her before-and-after photo: "January 6, 2016 I put down the vodka bottle and January 11 I checked myself into rehab. 8 1/2 months sober now and 35 pounds lighter. I feel like myself again."

PHOTO: Reddit/brittsuzanne PHOTO: Reddit/brittsuzanne

And it's not just your pretty face that alcohol can mess up. According to the World Health Organisation, there is a link between the substance and a plethora of mental and behavioural disorders.

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"It is well known that there is a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and alcohol dependence, other noncommunicable conditions such as liver diseases, some cancers, cardiovascular diseases, as well as injuries resulting from violence and road accidents."

Their site also notes there are "causal relationships between harmful use of alcohol and incidence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia, as well as the course of HIV/AIDS."

"More than this, harmful use of alcohol creates considerable negative health and social consequences for people other than the drinker."

Here are some more incredible transformations

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"This first picture is a selfie I took in the ER on February 1, 2016, the day I was admitted to the hospital and began the journey of recovery. This second picture was taken on July 30, 2016, exactly six months after the first. I have just completed a thirty-three mile bike ride, one for every year I have been alive."

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PHOTO: Reddit/ dr_dan_is_sober PHOTO: Reddit/ dr_dan_is_sober

"Here I am, my own life in shambles, just a year and a half ago [left]. Here I am last month [right]. A lot, a lot, a lot has changed in just a year and a half. I'm very thankful to myself for going down this difficult road. And future-me is happy that I'm still not drinking today."

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PHOTO: Imgur/MEATTEO PHOTO: Imgur/MEATTEO

"500 days sober. One day at a time."

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