It seems a man from Texas gets drunk without drinking. In fact he gets pretty plastered without taking even a sip of alcohol. It has to do with what they are calling “Auto-Brewery Syndrome,” where his body converts sugar into alcohol. The man’s gut is a damn fermentation tank. Talk about a cheap high.
Now I hang with a lot of drinkers… don’t judge, they all have jobs and pay their rent. Well, most of them anyway. And most aren’t all that fussy about what
we they drink. Sure you have a favorite drink, but why limit yourself when there are so many delicious choices. But what if you didn’t have to actually drink to get buzzed or beyond. Would that be good because hell, you could eat a candy bar and get high, or would it be bad because you would lose the social aspect that makes drinking so much fun.
Doctors believe the 61 year-old Texan had all of his stomach bacteria wiped out when he was on antibiotics after a surgery in 2005. And the doctors also determined he was infected with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast used in baking and… alcohol fermentation. The combination of the yeast infection and no bacteria to kill it meant that as soon as you add carbs into the mix… drunk as a skunk. So while everyone who knew him, including his wife, thought he was hitting the sauce night and day, and even during church, he was probably just eating a couple of Dunkin’ Donuts and a coffee with extra sugar.
With a change of diet and a prescription of anti-fungal medication, his drunken stupors have been put in check. Luckily it wasn’t some super resistant form of bacteria. Doctors are now being alerted to this phenomenon; just because you blow a blood alcohol level of 0.4%, it doesn’t make you a drunk. However, it still will get you arrested for DUI if you have this issue and consume a plate of nachos and an energy drink. So while getting buzzed without the booze can be an easy and inexpensive way to become intoxicated, it doesn’t seem like all that much fun. Unlike real drinking when you know, or should know how many beers will make you woozy, there’s no telling how drunk you will get after eating a piece of birthday cake.
PSA: Don’t drink and drive.