Amy Winehouse refused to drink in front of her mother.

The 27-year-old singer - who was found dead at her London home in July, with an inquest ruling she was five times over the UK drink-drive limit when she died - knew she had a problem with alcohol but out of respect for her mum Janis she wouldn't drink in her presence.

She said: "Amy hated herself when she was drunk. She liked being in control and she hated what alcohol was doing to her. She could go for weeks without having a drink, but then she'd fall off the wagon. She was like a little girl who just couldn't resist putting her finger in the fan, even though she knew it was Dangerous.

"But she never drank in front of me. She loved and respected her family too much for that. She was the type of girl who, before lighting up a cigarette, would ask, 'Do you mind, mum?'

"I don't think for a second she ever thought she would die, or that alcohol or drugs would kill her."

Janis is still coming to terms with Amy's death but comforts herself in the fact the 'Rehab' hitmaker didn't suffer.

She told the Daily Mail newspaper: "I think what killed Amy was not just the alcohol, but the fact she was less than 7st and just over 5ft tall. Her body couldn't cope with that amount of alcohol after three weeks of abstinence. It was the lack of consistency; the stopping and starting again.

"Everyone wishes for a peaceful death. My only comfort is that Amy's was peaceful. I like to think she went to sleep and just didn't wake up, so I hope she didn't suffer."

As well as addiction to alcohol, Amy battled drug addictions but had been had been clean from any illegal substances for three years.