Auto-Brewery Syndrome Is The Reason For A Man Producing Alcohol In His Gut From 8 Long Years

Police arrested a middle-aged man under suspicion of drinking and driving. But the man swears that he hadn’t had taken a single drop of alcohol. When arrested, the man was asked to take the breathalyzer test on which he refused, so the police took him to the hospital. Initially, the detected alcohol level in his blood was 0.2%, which was almost 2.5 times more than the set limit. The blood-alcohol level also depicted that he must have consumed ten drinks within an hour. The 46-year-old kept on screaming and swearing that he hadn’t had alcohol, all proof was against him, and nobody believed him, not even his own family.

But according to Richmond University Medical Center’s researchers in New York, the accused was not lying. They found out that it happened due to ‘gut disturbance’ in his body due to which the carb-rich food which he ate gets converted into alcohol. More specifically, it’s an auto-brewery syndrome in which the body itself is brewing beer. Also, the researchers further find out that when a person consumes food items, including pizza, bread, pasta (high carb food), the flocks fermenting microbes turn the carbohydrate in the food or beverage into ethanol, which leads to the increase in blood alcohol level in the body. This process is known to situate at the top of the GI tract, including stomach, along with some portion of the small intestine.

According to Fahad Malik, who is the lead author of the study, said that in this syndrome, the patient would breathe, smell, and feel drowsiness similar to an intoxicated person. But patients of this nature can be cured by antifungal medicines. Also, the man whose identity is still not revealed has started taking antifungal medication to cure his syndrome. Even the man has been strictly warned to maintain distance from the carbohydrate-rich diet and take the prescribed supplements for improvement in his condition.

Maria Waddy

I fell into writing about healthcare shortly after graduation, where I realized that I didn't want to work in a laboratory for the rest of my life! My main areas of interest are the nerve impulses between parts of the body, brain and behavior, nerve cells and fibres as well as what influences the decisions we make about our health and how we can change it over time. I studied Biopsychology at Vassar College and got my Ph.D. in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at CUNY's Graduate Center in New York City.