A 47-YEAR-old man died following a drinking session, an inquest heard.

Patrick Beddis was found dead in bed at his home address in Desborough Avenue, High Wycombe just after midnight on April 4.

An inquest at Beaconsfield Coroner's Court on Thursday heard Mr Beddis, who was a baggage handler, had been out drinking the day before in High Wycombe to celebrate his landlord's birthday.

He drank cider in town with friends during the day, before he returned home to a house party at 6pm and drank more cider and shared a bottle of whisky with a friend.

His friends later helped him to bed as they said he was very drunk and put him in the recovery position. They checked again at 10pm and moved him onto his side again.

Just after midnight another friend checked on him and he was not responding.

A friend carried out first aid, but when paramedics arrived they confirmed him deceased.

A toxicology report showed he had 510mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, which is more than six times the drink drive limit.

A post mortem recorded his cause of death as aspiration of gastric contents due to acute alcohol intoxication.

Coroner Richard Hulett said: "He has obviously lost consciousness due to the amount of alcohol he has consumed.

"While he was duly asleep... he has vomited and that has been aspired into his lungs and upper breathing tract.

"The upshot of that is his airway has been shut off."

He recorded a verdict of accidental death.