Drunk Without Drinking: Auto-Brewery Syndrome
A Texas man recently visited the emergency room with some all-too-familiar symptoms: he was drunk. But here's the catch, he hadn't had a drop to drink. After several medical tests, and a few accusations of alcohol abuse, doctors discovered that the man's gastrointestinal system was essentially fermenting beer.
"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. Cordell and McCarthy reported the case of 'auto-brewery syndrome' a few months ago in the International Journal of Clinical Medicine."
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