Matchbox 20 lead singer Rob Thomas dealt with sudden fame the old-fashioned way - by looking for happiness in a bottle.

"I was hung over for the last two years," Thomas says in Sunday's React magazine. "Why did I drink too much? Everyone wants to meet you, and you feel this pressure to be the life of the party. I thought it was easier to make small talk with strangers when you're bombed."Thomas, who quit the heavy drinking with his girlfriend's help, called his boozing a lapse in professionalism.

Matchbox 20 became a marquee rock 'n' roll band after its chart-topping debut album, "Yourself or Someone Like You" was released almost two years ago.