Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has given up alcohol for good because his excessive drinking made him forget the chords to the band's songs.

The MARGUERITA TIME hitmaker, 56, admits years of boozing have finally taken their toll and are seriously affecting his playing.

He says, "I'd have a beer at midday then move on to vodka. I was getting on stage and having a drink.

"I kept forgetting the lines to songs and the chords too. It started to frighten me a bit. I'd stop drinking for a couple of days and start shaking.

"Now I go out and I just drink water."