A gardener put in intensive care after crashing his bicycle died of alcohol withdrawal because he wasn’t drinking his daily pack of strong lager, an inquest heard.
‘He was getting better and suddenly there appears to be a sudden deterioration. This was likely to be as a consequence of withdrawing from alcohol.’
Dr Heath said the lack of alcohol in Mr Pickston’s system caused potassium levels in his blood to rise, leading to the fatal cardiac arrest.
‘The biochemistry of the blood is so abnormal that it cannot be reverted,’ the pathologist said.
When the AA guys do an intervention they’ll have some rum with them. It’s necessary to ease down rather than go cold turkey from booze. For death is a possible consequence of simply going from a skinful a day to nowt.