updated 11/03/2010 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/04/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET
How bad a drunk was George W. Bush before he gave up alcohol at the age of 40?
“I wasn’t a knee-walkin’ drunk,” the former president tells Matt Lauer in an interview previewing his new memoir, Decision Points. “I could easily have a beer or two, or a martini, before dinner, bourbons, B&Bs. I was a drinker.”
Of his relationship with alcohol, Bush says, “It became a love and, therefore, began to compete for my love with my wife and my daughters.”
It also got him in trouble with his parents.
Bush recounts for the special Matt Lauer Reports, airing Monday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET, what he calls one of the worst examples in which alcohol combined with his “wise-ass” personality.