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Old 05-22-2017, 02:12 PM
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Improving your appearance after decades of drinking

I'm a 52 year old female who has been drinking most of my life, but definitely very heavily for the past ten years and ridiculously so the last 3-4 years. I'm only on day one so I know I have a TON of work to do, but I'm very concerned that I may have done too much damage to myself physically to turn that around.

At my age and the amount I've been drinking is it possible to 'reverse' the damage that's been done to my looks and health?

I was hoping to hear from some folks about their thoughts and experiences on this. Can it be too late to reverse the damage?
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:58 PM
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I don't think anyone can answer that question as we are all different and there are many factors involved. But, I bet that you will notice some improvement in your appearance when you begin recovery.
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At this point I would focus entirely on getting a solid plan in place to lock down your sobriety, and everything else will fall into place.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:26 PM
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Welcome! I'm glad you are here! Many things improve when you get sober. You won't regret it! Be brave and consider getting a check up. It can help to reduce your stress from the unknown. Blessings!
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:28 PM
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In my experience..

Everything gets better. There is no doubt about it.

I have been told I look like a totally different person.

I lost about 20 lbs. My skin cleared up. I sleep better...it took a long time for that to stabilize.

I am stronger and have more stamina.

I didn't turn into Superman, like I had dreamed...but it is not over.

Every clean day is a victory.

I was very physically addicted and now I am only mentally addicted. I crave a bit every day.

Bottom line is that booze is poison. Drinking is a learned behavior.

Some flip the switch and stop drinking. Others relapse over and over. Some go insane. Some need meds for life. Some kill themselves.

I deal w my sobriety, so far, med free.

SR is my support and new habit when it comes to booze.

Stay clean.

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Old 05-22-2017, 06:51 PM
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I'm about your age and drank for a very long time. I agree with the others, all things improve when we stop drinking. My physical appearance is much better. The best thing of all is how clear my mind is, how much energy and ambition I have, and the joy I feel most days to wake up with a positive attitude. Don't know how many days I have left on the earth but the quality of each day is what's important to me.

Give sobriety a try...you won't be disappointed.
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:02 PM
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Thank you so much! That's really encouraging to hear! :-)
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:11 PM
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I have had people do double takes on me after seeing me a year or so after I quit. The bloating that drinking does to your body is insane and it will goes away.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:06 PM
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I feel so much better on the inside, I feel confident that it shines through to the outside.

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Old 05-22-2017, 08:17 PM
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How long does it take to see a REAL difference? The bloating and what not?
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:32 PM
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I would think it would be different for everyone, but for me, it was a few months in when my skin started to look brighter.

My previous post still stands, of course, too
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:56 PM
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I had the same result that D122y describes. I drank for thirty years, and heavily for three or four years.
After I got sober, I lost 25 pounds, my face isn't puffy, and I just good better overall.
Everything gets better.
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:00 AM
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At about 5 months in my hairdresser was like 'OMG' you look so healthy. The back story is I was trying out a different barber shop so she hadn't seen me whole time.
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:37 AM
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I'm on day 129. The facial redness and puffiness were the first things to go when I first stopped drinking. My eyes cleared up. Eventually I noticed cheek bones I didn't think I had. I probably looked 15-20 years younger. It was shocking.

Some of this was attributable to loss of muscle during detox and the first few weeks when I had no appetite and barely ate. But I don't like the gaunt look so as my physical strength returns I'll start lifting again and build up my upper body. Protein is my friend.

I could swear my hair looks healthier, and not as thin as it was, but it could just be that I'm letting it grow longer. Finger nails and toenails seem to be growing faster.

Teeth seem brighter and whiter now, which is probably a result of not drinking any red wine and tea. I also gave up caffeine when I got sober.

Everyone's different in terms of what challenges and frustrations manifest themselves in recovery. Good luck! 😁
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:29 AM
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I was 54 when I quit three years ago. Around six months it was as if a veil lifted and a fog rolled out. A multi vitamin with B1 helped rebuild cell structure as Thiamine defincincey is common in us.

Thiamine deficiency, alcohol, and alcoholism

I had to understand that years of self abuse didn't change things overnight - slowly though I healed, inside out.
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Congratulations on deciding to quit drinking. Every day makes you healthier, among other things that are more important (peace, relationships, outlook on life, the list is endless). ... no matter what, NOT putting alcohol in your body will help.

Don't drink today. Start a plan (mine is AA) - repeat tomorrow. Things will follow. You can do it- regardless of how old you are or how long or much you drank.

Hope to see you here.
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:43 AM
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When you feel better you look better. It starts from within.
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:50 AM
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Thanks for the great replies! I was tempted last night when my landlord gave me a tiny bottle of champagne for watching her dog. I was tempted several times, but thanks to meeting and chatting with some girls here on SR I didn't. I do see the relationship now of how we have to sacrifice the moment for the future. :-)
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Originally Posted by NewLife310 View Post
I do see the relationship now of how we have to sacrifice the moment for the future. :-)
Yes! And every time we resist NewLife, the next time will get easier. Congrats on making the right choice!
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:58 AM
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There is a lot of change that can happen when a person stops drinking. Personally, I sleep better. My eyes are clear. I do not have alcohol bloating. I look healthy and alive. I have not lost weight due to the fact that I dont really gain or lose, but my overall energy is good. I am accomplishing a ton of projects. Life is overall 100% better.

Give it time. Time is the healer. Please stick with us and keep posting. We are all on the same mission to heal ourselves.
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