Actor Ewan McGregor attends "The Men Who Stare At Goats" premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 8, 2009 in Venice, Italy. (Getty Images)more pics »Ewan McGregor
gave up drinking a decade ago in favor of a healthier lifestyle, and he couldn't be happier about the positive changes in his life.
The actor told Live
magazine: "This November it'll be 10 years since I gave up, and I don't really miss it. Actually, occasionally I do. There are times when I think about it, but I always know that when I'm thinking about it there's something wrong." Ewan and his wife Eve (Getty)
He added, "The problem isn't that I want a drink, it's that for me -- as it is for a lot of other people -- drink was a way to dull the pain of something else. For people who drink a lot it's a way of not dealing with emotions and feelings.
"I was just always somebody who liked to drink a lot. So now when I think about drinking I ask myself, 'OK, what is it?' It's not really that you're thirsty for a beer, because you haven't had a beer for years. It's often something else that's bothering me."
Ewan, who raises three daughters with his wife Eve Mavrakis
, previously revealed he decided to overhaul his lifestyle once he became a father. He said: "What kind of regret would I have had to tell my children or my wife that I was dying because of something I could have done something about? I didn't want to be that kind of man."
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