A MAN died after drinking so much his blood alcohol level was more than five times the legal limit for driving.
Frank Leadbitter, 46, was found collapsed in his sitting room at home in Christchurch Place, Peterlee, an inquest heard.
Detective Sergeant Joanne Long of Durham Police told the hearing at the Coroners’ Court in Crook she was called to the house in the early hours of July 8.
“Concerns had been raised by members of his family,” said Det Sgt Long. “Inquiries found Mr Leadbitter had existing alcohol issues. There was evidence of drinking in the house, including empty alcohol containers and drinking vessels.
“Mr Leadbitter had been in company for part of the day, but there is no evidence of any third party involvement in his death or suspicious circumstances.”
A post mortem examination found Mr Leadbitter died from acute alcohol intoxication.