A DEPRESSED son who felt guilty about his mother's dementia was nearly six times over the drink-drive limit when he fell and banged his head, an inquest heard.

Edward Woroniecki had not been seen for a number of days and was found at his flat on Waylen Street by his landlord with his feet tangled in the straps of a rucksack on July 3.

His partner - Bogumila Lis - had recently returned to Poland to visit her family, but was aware that the 52-year-old continued to drink heavily.

She said: "The first time I called for an ambulance was in 2014. He was very drunk and his mother had health problems.

"He was an only child and she was in a care home and he felt guilty and he could not cope with it."

Neighbours were used to seeing Mr Woroniecki on a daily basis, but concern continued to rise after he went missing from June 30 onwards.

Having suffered with depression and alcohol dependency for a number of years, he refused intervention after attending a handful of sessions with the Reading IRIS team.

His inquest at Reading Town Hall heard he would often lose his balance while drunk and hit his head on a bedside table when his feet became entangled in the straps of his rucksack.

A toxicology report found he had 452mg or alcohol per 100ml of blood, which is nearly six times above the drink-driving limit.

Alison McCormick, assistant coroner for Berkshire, added: "At the time of his death his alcohol dependency was getting worse and he was prone to losing his balance.

"On July 3, shortly before 4pm, the landlord attended his flat after neighbours raised concerns about his welfare.

"Paramedics arrived promptly and confirmed he had passed away and I am satisfied there was no third-party involvement, as a number of valuables were still in his flat.

"I have considered if this was suicide, but it is clear this was not a deliberate act and I will record that Eddie died as a result of misadventure."