Woman's 'sad history of alcoholism'

A 39-YEAR-old Leighton woman with a history of depression and alcohol abuse died from a potentially lethal intake of drink.

Post mortem tests on accounts assistant Amanda Holloway found she was nearly five times over the drink-drive limit when her body was found in bed by her new partner Dennis Byrne.

An inquest heard on Tuesday that Mrs Holloway, formerly of Hockliffe Road, had spent years struggling with alcoholism.

She had spent time in detox units but was unable to break its hold. She also took prescription drugs for depression.

Mr Byrne, of Church Road, Upper Sundon, told Dunstable Coroners Court that his girlfriend had moved in with him just two weeks

before her death.

On July 30 he went to the bedroom to tell her that he was going out. "I was going to take the dog for a walk and she didn't like being on her own. That's when I found her," he said.

Coroner David Morris heard that Mr Byrne attempted to resuscitate his partner without success.

A post mortem later revealed that Mrs Holloway was suffering from an advanced state of cirrhosis of the liver. Tests on her blood showed 388 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – the drink-driving limit is 80mg.

Mr Morris said: "There was a very significant level of alcohol which was in the fatal region for a woman but not necessarily so for someone who drank a lot of alcohol.

"But when added to the prescription drugs found in her system could have exacerbated her condition.

"This lady had a long and sad history of

depression and alcoholism and she was unable to break or contain her dependence."

He recorded a verdict that Mrs Holloway died from a dependence upon alcohol. "It's a very sad case," he added.