Tim McGraw credits Faith Hill for helping him quit drinking

Jun 19, 2014 at 7:48 a.m. ET
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Tim McGraw has been sober for seven years, but he may not have been able to kick the habit if it weren't for the help of his wife, Faith Hill.

Tim McGraw is enjoying a much cleaner lifestyle these days, and the country crooner has been sober for seven years, but to get to this point, he has endured many personal struggles.

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The singer opened up during an interview published in the July/August issue of Men's Health magazine about his battle with alcoholism, and he credits his wife Faith Hill for helping him through his past struggles.

"When your wife tells you it's gone too far, that's a big wake-up call," McGraw confessed. "That, and realizing you're gonna lose everything you have."

"Not monetarily, not career-wise, but family-wise," he recalled. "It got to the point where my kids were getting older — [daughters Gracie, 17, Maggie, 15, and Audrey, 12] — and it was way past the point that they noticed it. And I noticed that they noticed."

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Luckily for the "Southern Girl" singer, he had his wife of 17 years to stay by his side and help him through the dark time, but his reliance on alcohol began at an early age.

"Early in my career — I think I was 19 — I was so shy that to even get up onstage in a club, I'd need a few drinks," McGraw revealed to the magazine. "I remember my mom tellin' me, 'Y'know, if you don't get up there a couple of times without doing that, it's gonna be a problem.'"

"I drank too much," he added. "I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but…use your imagination."

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However, McGraw is in a good place in his life now and has realized how destructive his previous lifestyle had become.

"Up until seven years ago, there were not a lot of shows that I didn't have something in my system," he confessed.