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Texas home-brewer diagnosed with rare condition

Texas home-brewer diagnosed with rare condition

A Texas man was diagnosed with a rare medical condition doctors said he developed from brewing his own beer.

The 61-year-old was checked out at a North Texas hospital after complaining about dizziness.

Nurses found his blood alcohol concentration was almost five times the legal limit. The problem was he hadn’t drunk anything.

A medical team monitored him for 24 hours and found when he ate carb-rich foods, like pasta or bread, his Blood Alcohol Content rose at the same rate as if he had drunk two beers.

Eventually they found a high amount of brewers yeast in his gut, which, when mixed with carbs, the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol making him drunk.

A case study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine is calling it “auto-brewery syndrome”

In rare cases, the yeast can grow in the intestinal tract, but it’s not clear if it’s linked to an underlying condition.


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