A 46 year old man suffered for 6 long years with a condition known as Auto-Brewery Syndrome (ABS). It's a rare condition where the bacteria in your stomach is able to convert carbohydrates into alcohol. Whenever the man would consume sugary carb-heavy meals or beverages his body was able to ferment it into alcohol throwing him into a drunken daze.

The symptoms began after taking antibiotics in 2011 from a thumb injury. The medication was the likely reason for the disruption to the normal functioning of microorganisms usually found in a normal stomach process.

The big question everybody is waiting for? Yes the man was pulled over for dwi and when tested he registered at over twice the legal limit. Nobody believed his story but fortunately it gave him a lead. Following his arrest his aunt found a story of a similar situation in Ohio. They traveled to the Ohio clinic where after an excrement search, Saccharomyces boulardii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae were found. Also know as brewers yeast.

They tested him by having him ingest some carbs and confirmed his blood alcohol spike to .05 percent. They treated him with anti-fungal medication and placed him on a carb free diet. He was then released.

The treatment at the Ohio facility did not work and he went from specialist to specialist until one episode led to his blood alcohol spiking to .4 percent landing him in the hospital with a severe head injury. Once again nobody believed that he had not been drinking. After that incident Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York placed him on antibiotics and monitored him for two months, finally bringing an end to his dilemma. After a regiment of probiotics he was slowly able to incorporate carbs back into his diet.

The case was documented at BMJ Open Gastroenterology if you are looking for more interesting information. In conclusion be careful what you wish for and remember to be tolerant of those with eccentric food issues. Cheers

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