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Excess water led to man's death

A man died after drinking six pints of water over three hours which left him with dangerously low levels of sodium in his blood, an inquest heard.

Anthony Holtam, 47, from Bridgend, had been in the Mackworth Arms pub in the Laleston area of the town when he collapsed in October last year.

The inquest was told Mr Holtam had underlying health problems and liver cirrhosis caused by excess alcohol.

Bridgend deputy coroner Hugh Medlicott recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest heard Mr Holtam had been a Christmas tree salesman with the Forestry Commission.

Problems in recent years had meant he drank heavily and the landlady of the pub, Sian Davies, said she had not allowed Mr Holtam to drink stronger lagers in the pub.

She told the inquest: "On the day he died Tony came into the pub and only drank water."

She said he had been watching the Grand Prix when he appeared to have a fit and collapsed.

Pathologist Alan Rees, who carried out a post-mortem examination said there were "dangerously low" levels of sodium in Mr Holtam's bloodstream, which combined with underlying health problems were probably to blame for his death.

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