Tim McGraw jokes that sending drunk cell phone text messages to wife and fellow country singer Faith Hill after nights of partying got him into trouble and helped spur him to quit drinking.
McGraw, who has said he gave up alcohol around early 2008, made his comments in a recent interview to promote his new film, "Country Strong," which stars Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
"I just learned how to text," McGraw told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I only learned how to text because back when I was drinking, I would get in trouble when I called my wife - she'd find out I was drinking."
"Then I started slurring my texts and I figured, 'Hell, I've got to quit drinking,'" he added. "That's the only thing that's going to work. And Skype, thank god, nobody knew anything about Skype back then."
McGraw and Hill married in 1996 and have three daughters - Gracie, 13, Maggie, 12, and Audrey, 8.
McGraw told People magazine in 2009 that if he hadn't met his wife, "I'd be dead," adding: "Oh yeah, I would have partied too hard. I might have caught myself somewhere along the way and put the brakes on. Faith has kept me alive. She's saved my life in a lot of different ways - from myself more than anything. She's loved me through times when I didn't love me."
In "Country Strong," which was released on Friday, Paltrow plays Kelly Canter, a country artist looking for a comeback. McGraw plays her husband and manager. Last year, he played Sandra Bullock's husband in "The Blind Side," which earned the actress an Oscar.
Meester, known for her role as New York socialite Blair Waldorf on the teen series "Gossip Girl," portrays a former beauty queen-turned singer in "Country Strong."
Paltrow had told OnTheRedCarpet.com she was inspired by Beyonce and Hill while preparing to play Canter.
"Beyonce and Faith Hill were really the two women that I picked their brains and analyzed," she said. "I watched all their DVDs. Beyonce was touring at the time so I got to see her twice when I knew I was making the movie."
Check out the trailer for "Country Strong" below.