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How Drinking And Abusing Alcohol Will Take A Toll On Your Body

Updated on June 24, 2012


If you are someone that has an addiction to alcohol, do you know how drinking and abusing alcohol will take a toll on your body?

All you have to do is to look into the mirror and see how you have changed in your appearance and take a look at the rest of your body as well. Has your stomach become larger than a year ago? Do you fit in those cloths you wore last year or have they become too small, and in some cases to big for some of those alcoholics I personally know.

These are some of the things I had noticed when I was addicted to alcohol and I didn't like what I saw one bit, but at the same time, did what I saw in that mirror make me stop drinking alcohol? The answer is no, it didn't even faze me even though I knew deep down I was beginning to look like crap.

I have no problem with people that drink alcohol, but I do have a problem when those that drink, do not drink responsibly and get behind the wheel drunk. That is a huge problem to me. I wish so bad that I could of had a social drink with family and friends, but that wasn't possible because my body always needed more and more until I got that feeling of a great high and being drunk.

I know there are so many millions of people that wished they could do the same, "ONE AND DONE." That will never be in my lifetime that is for sure.


There are so many things you could lose by drinking and abusing alcohol to the point that people begin to hate to be around you and I know that feeling for sure. It is so nice to now have people that really want to be in my company. It really makes life worth wild in so many ways, but back to what you can lose.

I loved my alcohol and still do, but it doesn't love me and that is why I had to say goodbye forever to my demons. I was coming close to losing my family and many friends that didn't drink alcohol and they tended to steer away from me when I was drinking and making excuses of why they couldn't hang out because they were just too busy and just didn't have the time. Sooner or later when things like that happen you begin to think there is a big problem and it's not them, it was me. It was hard to except, but ever so true.

I often wonder today, now being clean and sober for almost 3 years, how in the world could I have ever been so weak to let a simple thing take over my life? Well I now know that anyone that has an addiction to alcohol suffers inside so much and truly wants to be sober, but the alcohol has taken over and it's very hard to break away. None of us alcoholics just woke up one morning and decided to start to kill ourselves with alcohol and try our hardest to make people dislike us and try to lose our families and friends. Once you body has had that taste of this horrible liquid we call alcohol it is tough to break that addiction.

When that experiment of starting to drink alcohol with friends at parties and bars began no one knows what the future will bring as far as, "will I like drinking alcohol or will I hate it and never do it again?" Well the people I know, and even myself took a huge liking to drinking the very thing that can and will ruin your life in the end, one way or another.

So, if you are having a hard time in deciding to stop drinking alcohol then try and do what I did, such as think long and hard of what you are about to lose in your life if you don't change something fast.

Think of what you are doing to your family and friends that love and care for you so much. Think of what you are doing to your health. You are just asking to get ill from drinking alcohol.

Think about all the money you are spending on alcohol when you can be using that money to feed your family or taking them on a nice trip together, SOBER. Alcohol in the end will WIN and you can count on that.

I was blessed that I could beat my inner demons, and now write these articles on trying to help others realize that you have to give up the fight against your own demons and just surrender and get sober.

You simply have to cut off your demons supply to alcohol, or they will cut off your life it you let them.


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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ James Peters- I am so sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment, Congrats to you on standing up to the demons. I too can go to bars , parties, and even my daughters wedding in May and never touched a drop. You and I should be so proud. We don't need that crap to have fun. I have more fun sober and wake up in the morning feeling great.

      Stay strong and believe my friend !!

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      James Timothy Peters 5 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      I was a wreck when I drank alcohol on a regular basis. I did notice the changes in the mirror - so I stopped, or should I say...slowed down? I still drink (socially), but everytime I take that first sip, I start to remember things.

      I'm glad that I don't get that way anymore. I'm proud to say that I can sit in a tavern and NOT taste a drop.

      "But why would you go to a tavern and NOT drink," you might ask.

      "Because that's where all my alcoholic friends are!"

      Great, great, GREAT article.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Clean Life, you writing is a very positive way to cope with your recovery, sharing your thoughts and feelings is very healing and spiritual. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      beaddve1800- Thank you for your comment and for sharing this hub with others.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      eHealer- Thank you for reading and your comment. Yes, sooner or later alcohol will indeed catch up with you, one way or another and you can count on that!

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      Chris Mills 5 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      Thank you for this hub. I have been sober for four years two months and one week. Just one of the many consequences for me was the loss of my license for two years. I would like to invite readers to read my hub about my wonderful experience in a court program in my area called sobriety court. Again, thank you for this hub

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Beautiful hub with a very good message. Alcohol abuse effects everyone in one way or another and this is a great reminder to people. Thanks

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      beaddve1800 5 years ago from Toronto

      Very inspiring! Shared!