NPR reported that a 61-year-old Texas man was in the hospital being treated for a condition called Auto-Brewery Syndrome. It’s a rare disorder where someone is able to brew beer in their own body.
Some would consider being able to brew beer in your gut a medical disorder, but I like to think of it as more of a super power.
The man checked himself into the emergency room after complaining of dizziness, NPR reported. The nurse went straight for the Breathalyzer test to see if the man was just drunk — this is Texas after all. His blood alcohol level was 0.37 percent, almost five times the legal driving limit in the state. You can imagine the skepticism after he told the nurse that he hadn’t been drinking.
But the clever duo of Dr. Barbara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College, Texas, and Dr. Justin McCarthy, a gastroenterologist, decided to run some tests on him…
They isolated him for 24 hours and fed him carbohydrate-rich foods, raising his blood alcohol level to 0.12 percent at one point.
They discovered that his stomach had a build up of brewer’s yeast possibly from his home-brewery. When he’d eat or drink starch-heavy foods, his gut would ferment the sugars into ethanol. Cordell said that, “He would get drunk out of the blue — on a Sunday morning after being at church, or really, just anytime.”
The man was treated with anti-fungals and a low-carb diet, which has resolved his problem. Of course, now he has to deal with what must be the world’s worst hangover.