On Dec. 11, 2007, Bush spoke about his past alcohol addiction.
After briefing the media on a report on teen drug abuse, Bush told a teenage girl who had struggled with drug addiction that he too had kicked an addiction. "Your president made the same kind of choice," he told her.
"I had to quit drinking. … Addiction competes for your affection … You fall in love with alcohol." "I doubt I'd be standing here if I hadn't quit drinking whiskey, and beer and wine and all that."
"I had too much to drink one night, and the next day I didn't have any," Bush said. "The next day I decided to quit and I haven't had a drink since 1986."