"I drank a lot from my point of view and I needed to stop," the 45-year-old said. "I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run."
Five years ago, McGraw cut the boozing and started lifting weights and getting fit (see his transformation here). "Working out is a great way to go out on stage," he explained. “When I hit the stage, my adrenaline is going and I'm ready."
"I'm in a good place right now," said McGraw. "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."
McGraw has three daughters with superstar wife Faith Hill; Gracie, 15, Maggie, 14 and Audrey, 11.
The new album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” is out Feb. 5.
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Sobriety does a body good. In a new People cover story, the Tim McGraw revealed he’s turned over a new leaf, trading drinking for working out. It’s working.