Country music is a hard-drinking genre. It would be almost impossible to list every last one of the songs dedicated to beer, whiskey or tequila, or to the joys and regrets that come from an all-night bender at the bar.

But within the alcohol-heavy world of country music, there's an unexpected twist: Some of its biggest stars -- yes, even the ones who sing drinking songs -- are sober. Some are recovering alcoholics, and some simply prefer to avoid alcohol altogether. Whatever their reasons, some of the best country songwriters and singers out there don't touch the stuff at all.

For a look at these country artists' many reasons not to drink, and their many paths to sobriety, click through the photo gallery below.