Jon Pardi Reveals Why He Quit Drinking & How It Has Affected His Health

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Jon Pardi shares his decision to take a break from alcohol and how it has enhanced his physical well-being and boosted his self-confidence.

The Grand Ole Opry member recently visited Amazon’s Country Heat Weekly’s podcast with Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson to chat about his new Christmas album Merry Christmas From Jon Pardi and shared the news that he had quit drinking.

“I’ve been 112 days sober. I’ve lost a bunch of weight.”

Jon Pardi at Day 3 of the CMA Fest held on June 10, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Monica Murray/Variety via Getty Images)
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Why He Quit Drinking

Throughout the year, Pardi faced the need to reschedule several dates on his “Mr. Saturday Night Tour,” due to significant health issues. He had disclosed earlier that he was contending with a prostate infection and was also in a pre-diabetic state. Coupled with dissatisfaction with his physical appearance, these factors prompted the country star to temporarily abstain from alcohol.

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“I was pre-diabetic, and I was like, ‘I’ve gotta stop.’”

While he can’t say this decision will last forever, Pardi referred to himself as “retired” from drinking.

“That doesn’t mean I can’t come out of retirement, but for right now, it’s been great,” he said. “It [the weight] just fell off my face. I was really getting to the point where every picture, every video, I was so unhappy with myself. I needed to take a break.”

“I just did a photo shoot and I was like damn I look good,” the “Head Over Boots” singer continued. “Take that, Titos,” he jokingly added. “So for anybody that’s thinking about it, if they want to lose weight and you do drink, let me tell you, it does help tremendously.”


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Merry Christmas From Jon Pardi

Before resuming his hectic schedule in 2024, Pardi intends to take a well-deserved break to celebrate Christmas with his wife, Summer, and their baby girl, Presley. This year, he unveiled his first holiday album, titled Merry Christmas From Jon Pardi, which includes 12 songs that he co-produced with Bart Butler and Ryan Gore. 

Tracks include classics like “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas is You,” along with his new originals “Beer For Santa,” “400 Horsepower Sleigh,” “Merry Christmas from the Keys,” and more!

Pardi will share his new holiday music on New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash which will air LIVE Sunday, Dec. 31 (7:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

For last year’s celebration, Jon Pardi performed “Tequila Little Time.”

Watch Jon Pardi’s full interview on the Country Heat Weekly podcast below!

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