The singer says he self-medicates to deal with crippling anxiety

The View‘s frontman Kyle Falconer has revealed that he has been treated for alcohol poisoning “lots of times”.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Falconer explained that he self-medicates with alcohol after suffering ‘debilitating’ panic attacks for the past four years. He said:

I’ve been to see doctors, therapists, all sorts, but nothing has helped. If I have a few drinks, there’s no bother, but lots of times I’ve had to be treated for alcohol poisoning.

Falconer went on to say that doctors have warned him to cut down on his drinking, but that he recently blacked out during a gig in Brighton. Of this he said: “Touring all the time, one day or other you’re going to mess up. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have an edge as a band.”

The View released their fourth album, ‘Cheeky For A Reason’, this summer. When asked to describe the inspiration behind its lyrics earlier this year, Falconer replied: “The same old stuff, birds, drinks and fighting.”

The band are currently finishing up their UK and Ireland tour. They play Perth Concert Hall on September 6, Belfast The Limelight (7), Cork Cyprus Avenue (8) and Dublin Whelans (9).