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Rare “Auto-Brewery Syndrome” Turns Your Stomach Into a Brewery

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Would it be cool to get drunk without ever having to take a sip of alcohol? Sure. If you had a little drinking problem – just think of all the cash you could save. But, for the Average Joe, that probably wouldn’t be as fun as it sounds. This unlikely scenario, however, has actually occurred.

In a report published recently by the International Journal of Clinical Medicine, a 61-year-old man from Texas was treated because he was routinely showing signs of inebriation, despite not having any sort of alcoholic beverage. In case you didn’t catch that the first time, this gentleman got drunk out of nowhere. Initially, physicians diagnosed the man as just a “closet drinker,” until Lubbock-based gastroenterologist Dr. Justin McCarthy decided to investigate this strange case.

Doctors isolated the man in a hospital room for an entire day and only feed him a carbohydrate-rich diet, which resulted in a BAC of 0.12. What was the culprit? An overabundance of brewer’s yeast, which basically turned his intestines into something “like his own internal brewery.” This condition occurs after yeast refuses to the leave the body, which then ferment any “sugars it comes into contact with, turning them into ethanol, resulting in inadvertent intoxication.”

It’s believed that  “Auto-Brewery Syndrome” occurs because antibiotics or an immune-system-suppressing illness allow the yeast to remain in your stomach. Which is a neat trick to remember if you ever want to become a living, breathing brewery. We think it would make you a major hit a party.

Source: Gawker

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