Marilyn Manson has urged fans who are curious about drugs to try them when they're feeling happy, or else the consequences could be disastrous.

The hedonistic rocker believes some of his worst life experiences were sparked by narcotics and alcohol abuse, but he also praises mind-altering substances for having the power to dramatically enhance a good mood.

He says, "Some of my darkest times have been because of drugs. I would be the last person to listen to regarding whether to take them or not, but drinking alcohol and taking drugs are supposed to be fun.

"They are not something you are supposed to take because you are upset. At the end of the day, it's like being in a band itself - it's only going to be fun if you do it for the right reasons. Otherwise, life becomes very dark."

16/11/2004 02:12