Guy's Body Actually Brews Beer

Can't decide if this is a good thing or bad thing...

October 28, 2019
Cop with a breathalyzer

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I'm a sucker for weird stories and this is definitely one for the books!

A guy in North Carolina got pulled over, suspected for driving drunk. Despite the fact that his blood test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.2% (nearly 2.5 times the legal limit), the guy swore up and down that he hadn't been drinking!  Naturally, no one believed him because COME ON. Dude, you drunk. Go Home.

The crazy part is, he was right! He actually HADN'T BEEN DRINKING!

Reasearchers at Richmond University Medical Center in New York eventually discovered that this guy had a crazy medical condition called Auto-Brewery Syndrome (ABS) - his gut flora was so messed up, he was literally BREWING BEER IN HIS STOMACH. There was crazy yeast in his upper GI tract turning all the carbs he consumed into alcohol! He traced it all back to some antibiotics he'd taken three years earlier when he'd injured his thumb. After that incident, he started to experience all sorts of personality changes, including bouts of depression, memory loss, and out-of-character aggressive behavior. When he got arrested, it raised a red flag for his aunt, who'd heard of a similar story and recommended he look into it.

CRAZY, right? The whole story in all it's science-y glory is here.

On one hand, think of all the beer money you'd save. On the other though, you're literally drunk all the time, which can't be good. EAT YOUR PROBIOTICS, man. And maybe cut back on sugar. Gut flora is totally a thing.