Former LEMONHEADS star Evan Dando quit drinking brandy when he became a 200-pound (90 kilogram) bloated tragedy waiting to happen.

The IT'S A SHAME ABOUT RAY singer admits excess almost sent him to the grave after his success in the early 1990s and a 1994 nervous breakdown - and he chose to get healthy.

He says, "I was drinking so much - I got, like, to 200 pounds. I was doing the full Jim Morrison thing - I had a huge beard, and I was really fat. This was 2000.

"I drank a lot of brandy and brandy will kill you quicker than most illegal drugs. It's f**king lethal."

Dando reveals he owes much of his new-found health to his macrobiotic diet.

He adds, "I'm into eating a little bit of everything."

He also owes much of his sobriety to his wife, model ELIZABETH MOSES.

Dando explains, "It was love at first sight. I'm really lucky I've got someone who really loves me and who I really love."

27/05/2003 02:11