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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Alcohol led to death of Workington musician - inquest

A musician from Workington died after battling alcohol problems for 10 years.

Adam Richard Walters, 39, of West View Walk, was five-times the drink-drive limit when he died last October.

His father John Walters said “music was his way of life” but he had struggled with alcohol for some time.

“He was a nice sensitive boy and loved his music taking after my father in that respect,” he told an inquest into his death.

“He played the flute, guitar and drums and was very gifted.

A post mortem examination showed that Mr Walters had significant toxic levels of alcohol in his body as well as cirrhosis of the liver. He had 392 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood when he died - nearly five times the drink drive limit.

A report from his GP said he had long standing issues of alcohol misuse dating back to 1999 that had an impact on his physical and mental health that led to anxiety and depression.

Mr Walters had attended Ashfield Junior School before moving on to Stainburn School where his talent of music was recognised.

He joined the Royal Marine Band and even though he wanted to take GCSE music he was denied the chance as he was told that his standard of English was not good enough to pass the exam.

He worked on and off at Chapel Bank in Workington but his drinking problems started when he was made redundant.

His father said he could go for long times without a drink, the longest being 13 months, but then had heavy drinking sessions with friends.

He said: “Three days before he died he didn’t seem that drunk but had two bottles of vodka with him.

“He said that he looked at drink as the devil but that he couldn’t do without it and that he had to live with the devil.

“He knew about his problem but couldn’t do much about it to stop and that is what makes me mad. He said he tried but always ended up back on it.”

Mr Walters who had two daughters, Naomi and Chloe, and two brothers Lucas and Nicholas, had been assisted by home care provider, Jemcare, who visited him three times a day.

Owner Julie McFarland and manager Lorraine Telford both told the inquest that Mr Walter’s general well-being improved in the periods when he didn’t drink but accepted that he had a problem and understood he had to try and help himself.

Assistant deputy coroner Simon Ward said: “Mr Walters knew the risks of taking alcohol and was aware that drinking large amounts of alcohol was not good for him.

“It was his choice.”

He recorded a verdict of misadventure.

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