A HOTEL worker with a history of alcohol abuse died after hanging himself following a vodka binge, an inquest heard.

Polish national Marcin Pustula was found in his room in the staff quarters at the Bull Hotel in Gerrards Cross by coworker Dawid Rydelek at around 7.15am on Sunday, September 15.

Although coroner Richard Hulett ruled the 30-year-old's death was self inflicted, he did not say Mr Pustula killed himself because of concerns at his mental state.

A post mortem showed he had 246.1mg of alcohol per decilitre of a sample of fluid taken from his eye.

Investigating officer DC Tim Robins told the inquest six bottles of vodka were found in Mr Pustula's room, of which five were empty and the other had an inch of liquid left in the bottom.

Colleagues opened his room as he was late for a shift he was due to start at 7am, only to find him hanged from a belt. The inquest heard Mr Pustula, who was a food and beverage assistant at The Bull, had previously been given a warning for being at work whilst drunk.

DC Robins said Mr Rydelek had said his friend had a drink problem and would get drunk at least twice a week.

Mr Hulett said: "It's essentially a self inflicted death. I wouldn't record it as he took his own life - I'm a bit concerned by the fact he's substantially intoxicated. I don't mean by that there's anything sinister about it - it's only him involved in that room - but quite what he intended and what his state of mind was, and whether he had the capacity to have the final aim to end his life, I don't know.

"His intoxication is of a high order, which gives me great doubts as to his state of mind."

He recorded a narrative verdict that said the evidence "doesn't sufficiently disclose his intent and purpose in being in that position".