Muse's Chris Wolstenholme feared he would die if he didn't quit drinking.

The 33-year-old bassist has been sober for some time because, after undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy, he realised his alcohol consumption was getting out of control and he wouldn't have long to live if he didn't stop.

Chris - who has penned two songs, 'Save Me' and 'Liquid State' about his addiction for Muse's forthcoming new album 'The 2nd Law' - told NME magazine: ''I was incredibly unhealthy, overweight, a mess. And when it starts to get you psychologically, when you genuinely start to lose it, you've got anxiety 24 hours a day, you feel your f**king life is about to end, you're very scared but you don't know what you're scared of. There was only two ways to go; die in a few years or stop.

''The same happened to my dad, he was 40 when he died. I'd just turned 30 and it was the realisation if I go the same way I could be dead in 10 years. Ten years is not a long time.''

Chris - who has children Alfie, 13, Ava-Jo, 10, Frankie, eight, Ernie, three, Buster, 20 months, and six-month-old Teddi - admits he drank ''all day every day'' and couldn't function without alcohol.

He added to NME magazine: ''Drinking all day every day is pretty bad. It's when you start getting to that point where you realise you can't function without it, where you wake up in the morning shaking and the first thing you do is go to the fridge and down a bottle of wine. That's how bad it was.''