21 Inspiring Pics That Show What Happens When You Quit Drinking

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Let’s talk alcohol. We all know that it’s seriously bad for our health, and yet it’s Friday and THAT place gives a second margarita for free. Of course, there’s no big harm in getting an occasional drink or two. “Everything in moderation,” right? But how many times did that second drink led to a 6th one and you woke up terribly hangover, questioning your life choices? And what happens when that glass of Chardonnay becomes a whole bottle on a random Saturday afternoon? Or when you realize that you can’t relax after work without popping a beer? Well, nothing too good. You gain weight and lose confidence, to say the least. [Continue reading below…]

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But if you find the will to sober up, it’s really amazing how changing one bad habit can snowball-effect the rest of your life. You become healthier. You get your confidence back. Your eyes sparkle. You might even want to join a yoga class and talk to everyone about how present and grounded you feel. All those Saturday and Sunday afternoons lost recovering in your bathroom are suddenly full of possibilities and you can actually enjoy brunch after a party. Your jeans are looser, too.

See it for yourself in 21 photos of heavy drinkers before and after sobriety!

#1. 6 months sober

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#2. 2.5 years sober

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thesobersenorita

#3. 7 months sober

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ghostbackwards

#4. 8.5 months sober

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#5. 1.5 years sober

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#6. 1 year sober

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#7. 1.5 years sober

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luscrib89

#8. 2 years sober

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Andy Boyle

#9. 1 year sober

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Beth Leipholtz

#10. 1 year sober

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silverladder

#11. 300 days sober

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MEATTEO

#12. 5 years sober

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redlightgreenlight

#13. 1 year sober

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MEATTEO

#14. 1 year sober

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JimBeamsHusband

#15. 99 days sober

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hannafr

#16. 6 months sober

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LegSkinner

#17. 7 years sober

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coolcrosby

#18. 1 year sober

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B-radleybean

#19. 95 days sober

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oberApok

#20. 156 days sober

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Chris20322

#21. 416 days sober

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