Dad drank himself to death

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A WIGAN dad died from alcohol dependency at the age of just 37, an inquest heard.

David Scully, of Scholes, in Scholes, drank up to six litres of cider, eight cans of strong lager and a litre of vodka a day.

The dad-of-two had been admitted to Wigan Infirmary on December 7 but was discharged after he was caught drinking on the premises.

Mr Scully collapsed at home on December 11 and was rushed to hospital by ambulance, but doctors were unable to save him.

Wendy Winstanley broke down in tears at Bolton Coroner’s Court as she recalled her son’s severe alcohol abuse since splitting with his partner, the mother of his two teenage sons, in 2006.

Mr Scully, a former welder, was forced to quit work as his drinking increased, and failed to complete a number of detox programmes.

He had been assessed by A&E staff at Wigan Infirmary on 14 occasions over 12 months and had received treatment for depression.

James McCann, substance misuse worker at Wigan and Leigh Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, told the court Mr Scully was a “chaotic client” who acknowledged he had a drinking problem but often refused help.

In a statement read to the court, Lynn Sumner, locality manager at the district nursing service, said she visited Mr Scully at home after he had been discharged from hospital.

He had not been eating after complaining of a sore throat and was suffering shortness of breath. Mr Scully would also fall to the floor and crawl when needing a drink.

Consultant pathologist Dr Stephen Mills, who conducted a post mortem, said Mr Scully had levels of alcohol in his blood which were two and half times over the legal limit to drive.

Dr Mills concluded the cause of death was fatty liver. He added this was caused by excessive alcohol intake.

Assistant deputy coroner Peter Watson recorded a narrative verdict stating Mr Scully died from a condition arising as a consequence of alcohol abuse.

Following his verdict, Mr Watson praised Mr Scully’s mother and family for the support they gave in an effort to tackle his spiralling alcohol problems.

He said: “Mr Scully should have been in the prime of his life had he not had a problem with alcohol. It’s clear you were a loving and caring mother who did everything you could to help him. He must have been a constant worry and you should be commended for the way you supported him.”