Died after cocktail of drink and drugs

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AN alcoholic who regularly downed up to six litres of strong cider a day died after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs, an inquest heard.

Scott Doherty was rushed to hospital after collapsing after suffering a heart attack in a friend’s bathroom on May 22.

Sadly, he never regained consciousness and died at Wigan Infirmary five days later. He was just 27.

Bolton Coroner’s Court heard how Mr Doherty had lost his mother when just 12 years old and subsequently spent some time in care.

At 21, he was jailed for three years for assault and, upon his release, started drinking heavily after discovering that he had lost his old job making horseboxes.

In a statement, his sister Kerry told how he could be a happy-go-lucky person but was very impulsive and could quickly switch into a low mood.

Mr Doherty, she said, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder shortly before his death but had wanted to hold down a job and was determined to improve his life.

One of Mr Doherty’s friends, Stephen McNamara, told police how he had been staying with him at his flat on Blake Close, Worsley Mesnes.

When Mr Doherty returned on May 22 his speech was slurred and Mr McNamara “could tell he was smacked up”.

Later on, at about 11pm, he found Mr Doherty slumped in the bathroom next to a needle and syringe.

He dialled 999 and, alongside another friend, commenced CPR.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics and doctors at Wigan Infirmary, Mr Doherty sustained a hypoxic brain injury because of the length of time it took for spontaneous breathing to recommence.

While in intensive care he also suffered a chest infection and died at about 2am on May 27.

Pathologist Dr David Barker recorded the cause of death as broncopneumonia, hypoxic brain injury and cardiac arrest.

Coroner Alan Walsh said Mr Doherty had clearly had a problem with alcohol and had been referred to a substance misuse practitioner - but had missed several appointments.

He said the mixture of heroin, alcohol, cocaine and benzodiazepine in his system had almost certainly led to the heart attack.

He recorded a narrative verdict that Scott Doherty died “as a consequence of the misuse of drugs exacerbated by the use of alcohol”.