ALCOHOL abuse caused the death of a 42-year-old Bideford man, an inquest has heard.
Anthony Williams, of Market Place in Bideford, died on April 7 at his home.
Mr Williams' friend, William Clark, lived in the flat below him and became concerned when he could not get a response from him on April 6.
He climbed up a ladder outside his back window and entered the flat to find Mr Williams dead on his sofa.
A toxicology report found that he had ingested a mix of alcohol along with tramadol and citalopram which, the report stated, increases the sedative effect of alcohol and are likely to have been the immediate cause of death.
The inquest heard Mr Williams' alcohol level was 370 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for driving is 80.
Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland said Mr William's partner, Mary Ann Lee passed away last year. She also read a statement from Mr Williams' GP which stated he had been alcohol dependent since 2007.
Dr Earland recorded a verdict of alcohol abuse, but said there was nothing to suggest Mr Williams had intended to take his own life.