A mother died after her “excessive consumption” of caffeine from drinking litres of Pepsi Max reacted with prescription drugs she was taking, an inquest heard.

Victoria Lane would drink up to four two-litre bottles of the fizzy drink every day in an effort to help her combat a dry mouth, which she would get as a result of taking prescription drugs.

At an inquest into her death, the coroner was told how the 38-year-old had struggled with depression and paranoia for many years and turned to alcohol to cope – at times downing a litre of vodka a day.

The inquest heard how in recent years she had tried to turn her life around, despite still drinking heavily and using the cola as a mixer.

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