Rare Condition Leaves Guy Hammered After Eating

News — September 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm by

Next time you get accused of hitting grandpa’s cough medicine to often, just claim you have Auto-Brewery Syndrome. A 61-year-old man, stumbled into a Texas emergency room claiming he was dizzy. After the nurses gave him a Breathalyzer, his blood alcohol concentration of .37 proved he was simply shitfaced.

The man claimed he hadn’t had a drop of alcohol, so the nurses assumed he was just a closet drinker. The guy’s wife claimed that he would often appear drunk at the strangest times, including immediately following church service. Barabara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College, and Dr. Justin McCarthy decided to call the subjects bluff. They isolated the man, feeding him only carbohydrate-rich foods, and once again he ended up with a .12 on the Breathalyzer.

The patient had an infection with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Cordell says. “So when he ate or drank a bunch of starch — a bagel, pasta or even a soda — the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol, and he would get drunk. Essentially, he was brewing beer in his own gut.” If one were to seek out this condition, for some reason, the NPR suggests that antibiotics can kill the bacteria in one’s stomach which paves the way for yeast to thrive.

This Texas boy did dabble in brewing beer at home.

This guy does not claim to have Auto-Brewery Syndrome


via HuffPo

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