Alcoholism is a disease that has the potential to ruin lives -- both those afflicted and those close to the one with the disease. But it's not a death sentence and people with mental fortitude and support can overcome this potentially life-threatening disease.
That is exactly what one member of the Reddit community has done.
A former alcoholic whose nightly routine included 12 bottles of beer and a half bottle of wine, the redditor was a textbook alcoholic and suffered from all the issues alcoholism brings -- weight gain, heart and liver issues, and physical dependency.
But for the past year, he hasn't had a single drop of alcohol and the transformation he's undergone in that time has been dramatic.
He's lost 53 pounds and now, according to his comment on the original Reddit post, he's "1,000 times happier."
"I am an alcoholic," he posted to Reddit on March 22. "It's still hard sometimes, but there's so many more positives now that the choice gets easier and easier."
He used his post, which has gained almost 100,000 upvotes on Reddit, to talk about the dangers of alcoholism and to help others take the steps they need to get healthy.
"Just know that you can change whenever you want to. Just take the first step. It doesn't need to be a big step, just a step," he wrote in a comment. "It's a challenge, and it's worth it."
This is one Redditor that's much healthier and happier than when he first came to the site. And he's positive that cutting out alcohol has helped him achieve this transformation. He credits removing booze from his diet with a better physical appearance -- looking like actor Dean Winters according to some redditors -- and a calmer, more stable mental state.
But despite being happier and stronger, he doubts he'll ever be able to have another drink again.
"As of now, I don't think I will ever have the discipline," he wrote in his post. "One leads to two, two leads to [four], and a few months down the road I'll be back in the cycle of drinking constantly."
A life change this dramatic should be praised, according to Lad Bible. Here's a man who's overcome his demons to lead a happier, healthier life. And he hopes to become an inspiration to others trying to make the same leap.
For those who have a problem with alcoholism or know someone who does, resources available include Alcoholics Anonymous, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.