A man who claimed to have never taken alcohol but he always gets drunk, has just been discovered to suffer from a very rare condition, which is called an auto-brewery syndrome.
According to the report we gathered from Web MD, the 46-year-old man’s intestine will all of a sudden begin the production of alcohol whenever he ate anything that contains carbohydrates.
This is the true story of a man who gets drunk without taking alcohol.
Years back, his family members, doctors, and police thought he was a strong unrepentant drinker, despite his confession and emphases that he didn’t drink anything alcoholic.
The man usually displays “brain fog and aggressive behaviour,” fell often, and was countless of times arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Eventually, he was diagnosed with the auto-brewery syndrome, which happens when “gut disturbances,” including antibiotic use, results in uncurbed growth of fermenting bacteria or fungi in the gastrointestinal tract.
For instance, when carbs such as pasta, pizza, soda and bread are consumed, these microbes turn the sugar which is present in that food or drink into ethanol, thereby leading to “extreme blood alcohol levels,” according to the study by doctors at the Richmond University Medical Center in New York that appears in the journal BMJ Open Gastroenterology.
His ordeal started in 2011 after he was prescribed antibiotics for a thumb injury.
After several years of struggle, the man was then treated with antifungals and began taking probiotics, which increase the growth of good bacteria in the digestive system. His symptoms vanished and he eventually resumed eating a normal diet, according to the study.
The Auto-brewery syndrome usually occurs when the body turns starchy foods (carbohydrates) and sugary foods or drinks into alcohol. Auto brewery syndrome can be challenging and difficult to diagnose. Likewise, it may also be confused for other conditions.
Auto-brewery syndrome can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety if not treated.