A man died after downing a pint of vodka in four seconds, an inquest heard.
Richard Davies, 29, from Thornaby, near Stockton, had been drinking with friends before the alcohol knocked him unconscious in January.
Mr Davies was found not breathing in a pool of his own blood, and died hours later.
Recording a verdict of misadventure, Teesside coroner Tony Eastwood said the alcohol in his system had killed him.
The hearing on Tuesday at Teesside Coroner's Court was told how the electrician's mate was five-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit and his body contained traces of the then-legal high mephedrone, which has since been banned.
However, Mr Eastwood said the alcohol in his system had killed him and that the mephedrone was not a contributing factor.
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