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Tim McGraw Talks Sobriety: I Feel Better Than Ever

February 01, 2013 03:01 PM by Donna W. Martin

American Idol guest star, Tim McGraw used to be a drinker but not anymore. The country superstar gave up the bottle and has been sober for 5 years. Keep reading for more details.

According to People, McGraw said, I wasn’t a beer drinker. I was more a whiskey drinker. If I was going to drink, I’d have some drinks,” he said. “People were worried about me. It was to the point where I felt it was negatively affecting my relationships and getting in the way of things I wanted to accomplish in life. So I quit.”

McGraw has been sober since 2008 and said, “I don’t drink at all; it’s not a part of my life anymore.”

So how did he do it? He said he traded whiskey for weights. “My workout program took the place of alcohol, and it’s really important [because] I felt like I had to change my life.”

Though you wouldn’t know it judging by his success, McGraw is shy and doubts himself. In the past, he used alcohol as a way to help push those feelings aside and take the stage with more ease and confidence. But since he’s put the bottle down, he said, “I had to relearn how to do a show without alcohol.”

So when he’s on tour, he sticks to a four-hour workout, two-hours in the morning, and two-hours in the evening. “When I hit the stage,” he explains, “my adrenaline is going and by the time I come off stage I’m ready for bed because I am exhausted.”

Now that he’s quit drinking, “I am probably less embarrassing to her,” he said referring to wife, Faith Hill. “We are connected. We like spending time together.” He added, “We forgot how cool it was to perform together,” McGraw said of their Soul 2 Soul show in Las Vegas. “Sometimes, we get lost in it; we get lost in each other.”

Love for his family helps keep McGraw on track. “The driving force for me to be healthy and fit is ultimately for my kids. I want to be around for them,” he said.

McGraw’s new album, “Two Lanes of Freedom” will be out on Feb. 5 followed by a 30-city tour this spring. “I’m in a good place right now,” he said. “I really feel like this new album is not a culmination of the things I’ve done, it’s a new beginning of the things I am going to do. I want to enjoy my career and having my family. I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life.”

What do you think of Tim’s new lease on life? Do you plan to buy his new album? Post a comment and let us know.

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4 Responses to “Tim McGraw Talks Sobriety: I Feel Better Than Ever”

  1. Samantha Mongold Says:
    February 1st, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Hes a fantastic singer . Great for him to give the bottle up and take care of himself an get better for his family :)

  2. Becca Johnson Says:
    February 1st, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I adore Tim McGraw and his beautiful wife, Faith Hill. I think that they make a wonderful, adorable and loving couple. I don’t judge Tim for drinking because I know that he did it because he felt he was under a lot of pressure on the stage. However, I can’t imagine why he would feel that way since I think he is the BEST country western singer ever!! I am happy that he has stopped drinking because the bottle is not the answer, he realized that and did something about it. Way to go Tim!!

    One of our favorite fans,

    Becca :) :)

  3. Myra Robinson Says:
    February 1st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    when I noticed how blowted he was n the face,I knew something was not right and this was a few years ago and recently,2 years ago,when I was at his concert he looked and sounded better than ever. I am so happy for him and his family.

  4. Lorie Peters Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I think that Tim has found out that he is more addicted to his wife and family more than he ever was to a bottle. To fight through the incredible obstacles that he has had in his life and to still be humbled by his success is a sign of strength that few people have. Faith (his wife) has helped show him the faith that he was looking for at the bottom of a bottle. I am sure too, that there has been much support from his loving mother who was his rock and role model during his growing years. If only more people could see that alcohol tears apart your soul until you get straight or die.


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