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Effect of Alcohol Problems on Family

Man Sadly Dies After Family Lock Him In Shed To Stop Him Drinking.

It can be difficult living with someone with an alcohol problem.  In many cases, family members may take certain measures to try and stop them from drinking. They may be acting in addict’s best interests, but who could have predicted the tragic outcome when an alcoholic husband in Wales was locked in the garden shed to prevent him from drinking?

Unfortunately, Jonathan Daunter, a 50-year-old car company owner and father of three, from Shirenewton, Chepstow, lost his life when he was shut in a steel container, to stop him from purchasing alcohol.

His wife Kim was going shopping in Bristol without him, concerned he would use the opportunity to buy alcohol. Her husband had a long-term issue with alcoholism and had suffered a relapse after receiving help.

Family Afraid to Leave Man with Alcohol Addiction

She was afraid to leave him alone, so the family decided the best course was to lock him in the steel container, while leaving him warm clothes and water, for his own good. The family had only been gone an hour when they returned home to find Mr Daunter unconscious.

While they were away, he started the engine of a motorcycle stored in the shed and was overcome by fumes. The man sadly subsequently passed away that day from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Alcohol Addiction Played Part in Death

The inquest later found there was no evidence Mr Daunter was forced into the shed, nor was there any indication he had taken his own life. The investigators found there were no signs of foul play. Mr Daunter’s alcohol addiction may have played some part in his death but it was not the direct cause.

It was found to have been a tragic accident. Another sad reminder of how alcohol addiction can also have a devastating effect on the families of sufferers. Sometimes they are driven to what seem like extreme acts to try and help their loved ones.  This can be made worse when the person is in denial and an intervention may be necessary for their own good.  This sad story also highlights how important ongoing aftercare is in helping recovering addicts maintain their newfound sobriety.