A certain case was registered where a person’s gut has a certain fungus that converts all the carbohydrates into beer. Meaning his belly makes beer.
Yes, you read that right.
The 46-year-old man was charged for drinking and driving in 2014. His breathalyzer test showed that he had consumed five times over the limit of alcohol allowed for driving.
The problems started when he continuously stated that he had not consumed any intoxicating substances, but neither the police nor his family believed him.
After years of to-and-fro, the unidentified man was diagnosed with a rare disease called the Auto-Brewery Syndrome (ABS). This happened in 2017, when the man started seeing a specialist at Richmond University Medical Centre in New York.
While the tests were being performed on him, high levels of a specific fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiae was found in his stool. That is when doctors realised, what the condition was actually. The same fungus is used by beer makers to convert carbohydrates into alcohol. It is also known as brewer’s yeast.
The tests proved that the fungus was present in his stomach. That means every time he consumed carbohydrates, they were converted into beer in his belly.
It is believed that this condition started after consuming some antibiotics that he was prescribed for his thumb injury in 2011. The man confessed that since then he had been experiencing memory loss, mental fogginess and dizziness.
The disease is so rare that only 5 people have been diagnosed with it in the last 30 years.
Since he started his new medications in 2017, he has not been experiencing any of those symptoms.