UPTOWN GIRL singer Billy Joel has spoken of his battle with drink - but insists he is not an alcoholic.

The INNOCENT MAN says he checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic last year (02) to "cool out" after drinking too much.

He says, "I can abuse alcohol. If the demons get me, I'll go on a bender.

"It's happened to me before. That's why I went into rehab. I was on a binge. I said 'This is stupid. I gotta stop'. And I went and I did stop.

"If you drink too much, no matter who you are, whether you're an alcoholic or not, you're gonna do harm to yourself."

20/05/2003 16:56