Bush made some candid comments about his past alcohol problems.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Offering rare public comments on his past problems with alcohol, President Bush told an interviewer Tuesday that he had never been a "knee-walking drunk," but that "I doubt I'd be standing here if I hadn't quit drinking whiskey, and beer, and wine and all that."
Bush has previously said he often drank too much as a young man, and that he quit drinking in 1986 after overindulging on his 40th birthday.
Shortly before the 2000 presidential election, news surfaced he was arrested in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol near his parents' home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
“Alcohol can compete with your affections. It sure did in my case - affections with your family, or affections for exercise,” Bush told the ABC News interviewer Tuesday.
"It was the competition that I decided just wasn't worth it.”
The president also maintained he has not had a drink of alcohol in 21 years since he quit, and said he's a "better man for it."