After reaching out to a teenager battling drug addiction, President Bush spoke candidly of his past struggle with alcoholism, saying "I doubt I'd be standing here if I hadn't quit drinking whiskey, and beer and wine and all that." Alcohol "competes for your affection" for family and zeal for activities, Bush told ABC News in an exclusive interview.
While professing not to be a "knee-walking drunk," Bush told the girl "Your president had to make the same kind of choice." Bush quit drinking cold turkey after a boozy night in 1986, and says he's "a better man for it." The full interview airs tonight on Nightline.