A HAMPSHIRE man died from the combined effects of a prescriptions drugs overdose and the after effects of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, an inquest heard.

Peter Alun Wheeler, 39, of Flushards, Lymington, died suddenly on October 25 and was found by his wife lying on the living room floor.

He suffered from epilepsy and depression but there was no sign of seizure, said pathologist Dr Jeffrey Theaker.

PC Nathan King has said that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Wheeler had chronic leg pain from a road accident and was prescribed a pain killer. The inquest heard that he had a long-term alcohol dependency.

Mr Wheeler’s wife told the inquest that Peter had mistakenly taken too many pain killers on a number of occasions and he had two days before been drinking to excess.

The pathologist said that Mr Wheeler had high levels of ketoacidosis caused by alcohol use and had taken a quantity of painkillers that were three times the safe therapeutic level.

Senior Central Hampshire Coroner Grahame Short gave a verdict of death as a result of alcohol consumption and an overdose of prescription drugs.