Tim McGraw Sober, Gained 'Moral Highground' by Quitting Alcohol

Tim McGraw has opened up about what it takes to quit drinking alcohol and why he did it in an interview this week.

By cutting out alcohol, the country music star shed 40 pounds and improved his marriage, according to People magazine.

"I drank a lot from my point of view and I needed to stop," the 45-year-old singer admitted. "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."

McGraw married another country music great, Faith Hill, in 1996.

"We got married under the locust tree in my aunt's backyard," McGraw once said while on "Regis and Kelly."

The couple shares three daughters; Gracie Katherine, 15, Maggie Elizabeth, 14, and Audrey Caroline, 11.

Five years ago, McGraw began working out instead of consuming alcohol, and has been hooked ever since.

"Working out is a great way to go out on stage," McGraw told People. "When I hit the stage, my adrenaline is going and I'm ready."

Later this week, McGraw's new album "Lanes of Freedom" will hit stores everywhere. The singer will later embark on a 30-city tour in the spring. Ahead of the album's Feb. 5 release date, the "Live Like You Were Dying" singer divulged its meaning to him.

"I'm in a good place right now," added 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."

Further explaining "Two Lanes of Freedom," McGraw told ABC News: "[The title is] sort of about acceleration and looking out at the open road. I think, looking sort of metaphorically at my career, it looks like I've got a lot more ahead of me than behind me and that's what I really feel like."

Married almost 20 years, McGraw and Hill have co-headlined sold-out tours together and topped charts with two duets. The couple provides a good example of balancing family life and a successful career. They have admitted to never spending more than three days apart.