With alcoholism on the rise, the expression “only drink in moderation” couldn’t be more true. 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. Although those results are from repeated alcohol abuse, there are smaller signs of too much drinking—like bloated, puffy skin and a dull complexion. 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 consumed in excess, it can lead to a host of health issues, including liver failure and brain damage.
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.