Woman, 64, drank herself to death

A 64-year-old woman drank herself to death while remembering her late mother's birthday – consuming enough alcohol to kill even the most seasoned drinker, an inquest heard yesterday.

Barbara Sedivi was found dead at her home in Throxenby Lane, Newby, Scarborough, by her husband Paul when he came home from work after a night shift.

A post-mortem examination revealed 365 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for driving is 80 and the potentially fatal intake for even someone used to drinking is 350, the inquest was told.

Paul Sedivi, her husband for 32 years, said his wife had been purely a social drinker for the first 20 years of their marriage.

But her alcohol consumption became worse, she was later treated for depression, and would drink when she was feeling low – sometimes sipping vodka from a tea cup.

"It got to the stage I used to find bottles hidden everywhere," he said.

The inquest heard Mrs Sedivi, a typesetter, had lost her last job due to poor timekeeping.

North Yorkshire East Coroner Michael Oakley recorded a verdict of accidental death.