Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody's alcohol addiction nearly cost him his career. The Northern Irish rocker turned to the bottle during his early twenties, but ditched the drink before it took over his life and looked set to hinder his music career. He says, "There certainly was a dark streak in me... For a long time I loathed myself. That went on for years and I took it out on others. "I might have the odd drink but I don't have 10 or 12 anymore... We are playing so much these days, I can't be blootered every night."