Some rare individuals can make alcohol in their bodies. A 61-year old Texas man went to the ER with a 0.37 percent blood alcohol level, well above the legal 0.08 limit for driving. In fact, at 0.4 you could expect to be in a coma or dead. Doctors and even the man’s wife suspected the man was a closet drinker, but he had not taken a drink. He had a rare condition where his gut made alcohol.

Auto-brewery syndrome, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, is a rare medical condition in which intoxicating quantities of ethanol are produced through endogenousfermentation within the digestive system. One gastrointestinal organism, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a type of yeast, has been identified as a pathogen for this condition.

Claims of endogenous fermentation of this type have been used as a defense against drunk driving charges. One case went undetected for 20 years. It has also been investigated, but eliminated, as a possible cause of sudden infant death syndrome. A variant occurs in persons with liver abnormalities that prevent them from excreting or breaking down alcohol normally. Patients with this condition can develop symptoms of auto-brewery syndrome even when the gut yeast produces a quantity of alcohol that is too small to intoxicate a healthy individual.

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Before he was diagnosed with the syndrome, the patient’s wife — who was a nurse — was so concerned with her husband’s constantly drunk condition that she had him regularly tested with a Breathalyzer. He would record numbers as high as 0.33 to 0.4 percent, considerably higher than the U.S. legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.

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This table shows the general effects of different but alcohol percentages:

0.130-0.159% : Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reducing and beginning dysphoria (a state of feeling unwell)

0.160-0.199% : Dysphoria predominates, nausea may appear. The drinker has the appearance of a sloppy drunk.

0.200-0.249% : Needs assistance in walking; total mental confusion. Dysphoria with nausea and vomiting; possible blackout.

0.250-0.399% : Alcohol poisoning. Loss of consciousness.

0.40% + : Onset of coma, possible death due to respiratory arrest.

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In old stories a wish sometimes turned out badly if the Jinn who owed you the wish was evil. Don’t wish for endless free alcohol or you might be given “brewery syndrome” by a bad genie.


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