It’s okay to drink alcohol in moderation. But unfortunately, some people suffer from a horrible condition that causes them to drink excessively. Life is difficult for those struggling with this disease. Alcohol can rob someone of their happiness, their family, and most importantly, their health. But the following images show you the before and after photos of folks who used to drink but stopped. It takes a lot of willpower to quit and stay off the booze. So, we salute these people for their amazing effort, and hope that anyone else suffering with alcoholism will find inspiration in these images.

#1. The guy on the left knew how to smile, but his drinking didn’t make him feel so good about himself.

10 years of sobriety, a workout routine, and a great support network turned him into a whole new man.

#2. On the left, the woman tried way too hard to fit into the perception of what life should be, and failed.

On the right, the same woman had an epiphany and gave up booze. Now she looks like a true model.

On the left, the woman tried way too hard to fit into the perception of what life should be, and failed.

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#3. It’s not easy to recognize the signs of alcoholism on the man on the left because he has a nice smile.

11 months of sobriety caused him to lose his beard but not his smile, and he looks ten times healthier.

#4. The woman on the left seemed to be down on her luck while she struggled with her alcoholism.

On the right, she looks like a completely new woman. A year of sobriety made an incredible difference.

The woman on the left seemed to be down on her luck while she struggled with her alcoholism.

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#5. Drinking can cause some serious weight gain, but if you’re able to quit, the damage can be reversed.

This man stopped drinking, changed his diet and lost 105lbs. Now he feels better than he ever has.

#6. If anyone had bumped into this man, they would have assumed he was a bearded homeless guy.

A year without drinking gave him a healthy glow and he looks fit, younger, and a whole lot happier.

#7. It’s hard to believe that this is the same woman. On the left, she looks so frustrated and defeated.

826 days of sobriety gave this woman her smile back. She also looks livelier and happy to be alive.

#8. Alcohol can rob you of your happiness the same way it did for the man in the photo on the left.

But then he went cold turkey for an entire year and became a more confident version of his former self.

#9. The photo on the left was taken in 2017, and the man was 120lbs but heavy on booze and depression.

In 2018, the man sobered up, cut his hair, bumped his weight up to 160lbs, and is cuter and happier.

#10. Don’t let the goth look fool you. In the photo on the left, this woman was clearly in a lot of pain.

Giving up booze and pills made her a lot peppier, and her hair color isn’t the only thing that’s lighter.

#11. 80 days can make a huge difference, like with this woman who can barely look at herself in her selfie.

On the right, she is smiling as she looks at the camera. She gave up alcohol but gained confidence.

#12. This dad was in quite a pickle when he held his 1-year-old daughter, but decided to change for her.

On the right, this awesome dad looks more alert because he’s been clean and sober for 5 long years.

#13. On the left, this woman was clinging to life in the ICU after an overdose, and the outcome wasn’t good.

After her recovery, she decided it was time to make a change, and this is her after 6 months of sobriety.

#14. On the left, this woman was fighting a losing battle with alcoholism and her prognosis was unclear.

On the right, the woman took control of her life and is now exploring and experiencing everything.

On the left, this woman was fighting a losing battle with alcoholism and her prognosis was unclear.

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#15. Alcohol got the woman on the left into trouble with the law. She was also looking older than she was.

3 months and 22 days of sobriety rejuvenated her, which proves that you can see changes immediately.

Alcohol got the woman on the left into trouble with the law. She was also looking older than she was.

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#16. It takes commitment to get sober and stay sober for four years straight, but the change is undeniable.

The guy on the right looks like a total boss. He’s slimmer and healthier and ready to handle anything.

#17. On the left is the photo of a man who wound up in the emergency room after drinking way too much.

On the right, the same guy looks much healthier, younger, and happier after being sober for 17 months.

On the left is the photo of a man who wound up in the emergency room after drinking way too much.

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#18. It might not be obvious, but the woman on the left chugged down up to 4 bottles of wine every week.

After going cold turkey for 9 months, the only thing she’s hooked on is infused water. How inspirational!

#19. She was so trapped by her vicious addiction that she wasn’t sure if she was standing or sitting down.

105 days of sobriety has allowed her to find her way towards a simpler life that is so worth living.

She was so trapped by her vicious addiction that she wasn’t sure if she was standing or sitting down.

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#20. Someone who’s unfamiliar with the struggles of alcohol may not think 100 days of sobriety is a big deal.

But when you look at the drowsy pic on the left versus the lively photo on the right, it all becomes clear.

#21. The mugshot on the left was a low point for this woman, but it allowed her to make some changes.

4 years of sobriety made her a better individual, but the mugshot is a reminder of how far she’s come.

The mugshot on the left was a low point for this woman, but it allowed her to make some changes.

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#22. If you compare these two photos, you’d bet a million bucks that these are two totally different women.

She’s managed to stay sober for over 4 years and her sobriety transformation has made her very happy.

#23. This man had every reason to frown because all he did was drink, but then he subbed booze for running.

Now he’s 30 months sober and has run 2,000 miles in 2 ½ years. He also looks healthy and handsome.

#24. Alcohol left this man looking like he was out of it. He was barely aware of the bunny he was petting too.

But 307 days of sobriety has him looking more alert and he’s got a new suit and a fantastic smile.

#26. This guy might be doing the same pose, but a year later he became a completely different man.

He lost 53 pounds and trimmed his beard. Now he doesn’t look bloated and his life is so much better.

#27. He didn’t think much of his appearance when he was hitting the sauce, but that changed a year later.

He shed 50lbs, got a new job doing something he loves and is definitely taking the time to enjoy life.

#28. This woman was on the verge of self-destruction with a mixture of alcohol and pills, but she’s okay now.

She went from having a DUI to being a certified personal trainer who runs her own coaching business.

#29. You can tell the difference 5 months of sobriety make when you look at these before and after pics.

Sobriety was a game changer for her. So, if someone you know needs inspiration, show them this list.

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