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Hugh Cornwell credits biochemistry studies with drug boost

Former The Stranglers star Hugh Cornwell has credited his biochemistry studies with boosting his drug highs during his wild days.

The Golden Brown singer picked up a BSc honours degree from England's Bristol University in the early 1970s before his rock career took off - and he admits the lessons he learned helped him become a more responsible drug user.

He tells Mojo magazine, "The chemical knowledge has been very helpful. When I was a more wayward personality it helped very much in drug taking."

And the information has continued to help Cornwell regulate his diet: "It helps in dietary considerations. It's very useful to have that chemical knowledge with your diet."