Saturday, September 21, 2013

Horrible/Awesome (but mostly horrible)

The human brewery: Texas man brews beer in his belly
Metro UK - September 21, 2013

A tee-total Texan has given a new meaning to the term ‘beer belly’ after being diagnosed with a rare medical condition that gets him drunk without touching a drop.

The 61-year-old suffers from auto-brewery syndrome, an unusual yeast infection that mimics the signs of intoxication.

His wife feared he was a secret alcoholic as he would often wake up drunk and would suddenly appear sloshed at church or at work.

He arrived at hospital five times over the legal driving limit complaining of dizziness before doctors eventually worked out his condition.

‘He would get drunk out of the blue,’ explained Barbara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College in Texas.

‘On a Sunday morning after being at church, or really, just anytime - his wife was so dismayed about it that she even bought a breathalyse.’

An overabundance of yeast from foods such bread or pasta turned the patient’s stomach into a brewery, meaning he was unable to stay sober, the International Journal of Clinical Medicine reported.

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