The risk of drinking more than the recommended amount is pretty well known to everyone, and it seems that every week there's a new story in the media about the damage caused to our bodies by excess alcohol. With the physical side effects of too much alcohol ranging from weight gain, sexual dysfunction, liver damage, and infertility, it's not surprising that more and more people are signing up to challenges like 'Dry January' to improve their health.
So, what happens when you give up alcohol, completely? Are the benefits purely health related? Check out the gallery below to see before and after photos of people who've done just that. And with some amazing transformations including weight loss, clearer skin and brighter eyes you might just be tempted to join them!
"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."
"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."
"In the first photograph, I found myself alone, nearly 300 lbs, in an extraordinary amount of credit card debt (nearly $20,000) and without a job..."
"Here I am last month, down to 180 lbs, almost done with my first year sober, zero debt, engaged in a great career, and having found myself a caring, loving, non-drinking partner who I am very excited about. Heck, I'm even closing on a little cabin in the woods this month. I'm going to be a landowner."
Andy, a Chicago-based web developer for NBC News Breaking News, lost 75lbs after quitting booze.
Sober for eighteen months... and considerably lighter!
Seven months without alcohol has transformed this guy.
Not only physically transformed - but so much happier looking too!
"I'm wearing the same thing. But I am not the same human..." Sunny Sanguinity
Five years sober and the transformation is remarkable!
"I never thought that sobriety would be my preferred way of life, but now I can't imagine going back to my party girl ways. I never dreamed I would feel SO happy, full and healthy living a life without drugs and alcohol." Kelly Fitzgerald