YEARS of alcohol abuse contributed to the death of a Fareham man, an inquest heard.
Christopher Rock, 64, was found dead at his home in Derlyn Road, on December 23, last year.
Mr Rock, a retired computer engineer, had been living on his own for 11 years.
A pathologist’s report said the effects of taking alcohol and painkillers had led to the erosion of the oesophagus going to the stomach.
Recording a natural causes verdict, David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire, said: ‘Christopher had been an alcoholic for 25 years.
‘His health had been deteriorating since summer 2010 and he was receiving treatment for sclerosis to the liver.
‘His death was a combination of things, including his long-term drinking. He died due to natural causes.’