The consumption of a “significant” amount of alcohol contributed to an elderly woman’s death.
Elizabeth Glenn, from High Street, Cavendish, was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit when she was found by her daughter and a police officer on the floor of her home, an inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard.
Dr Daniel Sharpstone, assistant coroner for Suffolk, said Sally Turner had gone to her mother’s home with the officer on July 4.
She had become worried after receiving a telephone call from her mother’s ex-partner. Once inside, they found the 73-year-old collapsed on the floor.
“They found her fully clothed, with mail by the front door, the television on and the dog asleep,” said Mr Sharpstone.
Thursday’s hearing heard that, around four to five weeks prior to her death, Mrs Glenn had spent time at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds after falling down stairs and breaking some ribs.
She had battled alcoholism, was on anti-depressants and suffered from heart and kidney problems.
“She used to drink up to two bottles of wine or alcohol a day,” said Mr Sharpstone.
A post-mortem examination found Mrs Glenn had 180 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal drink-drive limit is 80.
Mr Sharpstone concluded that Mrs Glenn had suffered a fractured skull in a fall, which led to brain swelling and death. The fall resulted from “significant” intoxication.