Country Singers Who Have Struggled with Alcoholism

Fame can't shield you from addiction, and there have been an number of notable country singers with alcoholism. Some famous country stars used alcohol as a way to self-medicate while other country singers drank and did drugs before going up on stage. A few famous country singers even got DUIs or committed other crimes as a result of their addiction.

Who will you find on this list of country stars with drinking problems? Johnny Cash famously struggled with addiction throughout his life, though he credited his Christian faith for helping him through hard times. "In other words, the Scriptures, or God speaking through them, have saved my life," he said in 1997. Keith Urban credits his wife, Nicole Kidman, with helping him get sober once and for all. Hank Williams reportedly used alcohol and tranquilizers to deal with chronic back pain from spina bifida occulta. Other famous alcoholic country singers include Trace Adkins, Mindy McCreedy, and Randy Travis.

Are you surprised so many popular country singers have dealt with alcoholism? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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