A Wiltshire man with a history of alcohol problems was found dead by his mum in the family home.

Gary Dudfield, 42, from Royal Wootton Bassett, had a history of alcohol issues and had lost his driving licence and job earlier that year.

He had been referred to an alcohol misuse service because he was consuming 100 units of alcohol a week.

But just two months after taking her son to see a GP for his alcohol dependence issues, Linda Dudfield discovered Gary lying dead in his bedroom, at the family home in Queens Drive, Royal Wootton Bassett.

Gary often drank after work and on the weekends. He would drink a few bottles of beer daily” she said at his inquest on Tuesday, October 24.

“He was not a violent drunk, just a merry drunk. On the day of his death, I was working and Gary phoned me around 10am asking for a mayonnaise sandwich and he was speaking fine and didn’t sound drunk.

“Our neighbour witnessed Gary walking on the road we live on earlier that day, and he had also texted a friend from Swindon."

But when she returned home from work at 1pm, Linda went to check on Gary and found him sleeping in his bedroom.

She went back up to the bedroom six hours later because he had been sleeping for a while, and discovered her son stone cold and unresponsive.

PC Kyle Lloyd, attended the scene of Gary’s death.

“At 9.15pm I was made aware of a sudden death. We arrived at 9.21pm and the deceased was found on the left side of the bed, fully clothed," they said.

“There were several bottles of Budweiser beer in the bedroom, but it was not apparent when they were consumed.”

PC Naomi Bell, who attended alongside PC Lloyd, added:

“I realised that I had met Gary before. It was clear that his drinking had escalated since I last saw him as he had lost his licence and job so spent all day drinking.”

A spokesperson for the South West Ambulance Service also added that they had previously been called to an incident where he was passed out in the street.

A toxicology report read out at the inquest found that at the time of death, the level of alcohol in Gary’s blood was 9.4 times above the drink-drive limit.

This alcohol limit is 80mg/100ml of blood. Gary had 394mg/100ml of alcohol in his blood.

Chief Coroner Ian Singleton concluded that Gary Dudfield died an unnatural but not suspicious death, of “acute alcohol intoxication” in his bedroom.