Tim McGraw Opens Up About How Drinking Almost Cost Him Everything…


The Huffington Post posted a recent article about Tim McGraw that showcased him in a vulnerable way many aren’t used to seeing him. Tim is a picture of confidence on stage in front of thousands, but the article points out that Tim wasn’t always that way.  In fact, he told Oprah’s Master Class:

“I used to have to have a few drinks to get on stage, because I’m sort of an innately shy person, to step out on stage and to sing and be in front of people was nerve-wracking for me in a lot of ways. That was the way I got my courage — some liquid courage, with a little Jack Daniels.”

And that thinking soon turned into a bad habit:  “I couldn’t do it without [drinking],” McGraw said.

With sobriety came reflection for Tim and he soon noticed he was making excuses for his behavior:

“You can come up with a million excuses why you drink too much,” he said. “Lack of confidence, the success that came so quickly, and then some of the things you didn’t realize was trauma, I guess, back when you were 11… I think the older you get, the more you start realizing those things.”

The article pointed out that as time went on Tim was faced with the reality of what his behavior was doing to him and those around him:

“It got to the point where I knew that I drank too much,” he said. “I knew that it was affecting my personal relationships, it was affecting my professional relationships, it was affecting my family. It was turning me into a person that I didn’t want to be… I was at a point where I could lose everything that I had in my life, first and foremost, my family. It [was] time to stop. And I stopped.”

But, it was back in 2008, the night before taking off on tour that Tim said he had his last drink. “[I] flew to Florida that morning from being wasted the night before, and started that tour. Haven’t drank since.”

He shares about life since taking that last drink:

“That was the toughest tour that I’ve ever done in my life… to get through that tour not drinking,” McGraw said. “I’d never done it before… I could probably count on one hand the times I’d stepped on stage where I didn’t have alcohol in me, or something. That was the toughest thing about quitting.”

We are SO happy to see Tim conquering that and being the amazing man he is on stage today just the way he is!