Ex-CATATONIA singer Cerys Matthews has explained why she developed a problem with alcoholism - because she thought booze would improve her singing voice.

The Welsh woman, who is currently preparing a new solo career after splitting from the ROADRAGE rockers, is now drink-free after admitting she had become an alcoholic - but Matthews explains her original motives were purely professional.

She says, "I believe that alcohol would help lower my voice. I didn't want such a high voice."

05/05/2003 12:59