Wa­ter ad­dict drank him­self to death

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Dan Parkin­son

A MAN ad­dicted to wa­ter drank him­self to death at a hosepipe.

“Aqua­holic” An­drew Else, 51, would go to ex­treme lengths to sat­isfy his crav­ings, an in­quest heard. Mr Else, who was in a care home, was seen swal­low­ing di­rectly from a hosepipe.

Staff were told to watch him but he was spot­ted stand­ing soak­ing wet by the tap. He was later found dead in a pool of wa­ter. A post mortem re­vealed that Mr Else had died as a re­sult of over-con­sump­tion of wa­ter.

His death occurred at the Voy­age cen­tre in Theale, near Read­ing, Berks, on May 25. Deputy man­ager Pa­tima Sil­ima told the in­quest: “We gave him lots of tea and drinks but it was a big prob­lem.” His brother Stephen said that Mr Else had been ad­dicted to wa­ter for 30 years af­ter suf­fer­ing a stom­ach con­di­tion. He ex­plained: “Drink­ing lots of wa­ter would cure it and take the pain away. The sen­sa­tion of swal­low­ing wa­ter be­came a source of amuse­ment and com­fort to him.”

Pearl Willis, deputy coroner for Berk­shire, said: “Al­though maybe the hosepipe should have been turned off ear­lier, I feel it ap­pro­pri­ate to record a ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal death.”

DEADLY: The hosepipe

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