Texas Man Brews Beer in His Stomach

Man Brews Beer in His Own Gut

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So, you’re interested in homebrewing, but you’re not sure you have the time (or money) to dedicate to the hobby? Don’t sweat it. Instead, you might want to look into body brewing.

Get this: A 61-year-old man from Carthage, TX went to an emergency room complaining of dizziness. When the hospital staff ran a breathalyzer, the man’s BAC registered at 0.37. But he swore he hadn’t had a drop of alcohol that day.

Many, including his wife, didn’t believe it, but nurse Barbara Cordell and gastroenterologist, Dr. Justin McCarthy, decided to dig deeper. They assembled a team, put him in a hospital room for 24 hours, and made sure he had no access to alcohol. Throughout the day, he ate a lot of carbs, and the doctors regularly checked his BAC. At one point during the study, it rose to 0.12 percent.

Cordell and McCarthy found that he had an overabundance of brewer’s yeast in his gut. His intestinal tract was acting as an internal brewery. The infection was deemed “Saccharomyces cerevisiae.”

So, basically, when he ate or drank a bunch of starch, the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol, and he would get drunk. He was brewing beer in his own gut. The case even made it into the International Journal of Clinical Medicine. They called it “auto-brewery syndrome.”

Pretty ridiculous, I know. If you’re interested in reading more, check out this article from Huffington Post.

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