Imagine how different your spring break would have been if instead of inhaling 2,847 Piña Coladas, you got drunk off of eating a piece of bread.
He first noticed it around four years ago. “It was weird,” he explained to BBC. “I’d eat some carbs and all of a sudden I was goofy, vulgar. Sometimes it would come on over the course of a few days, sometimes it was just like ‘bam! I’m drunk’.”
The conversion of carbohydrates into alcohol is not unusual–it happens to all of us, but to a much smaller extent. Typically, the bacteria in our bodies combat the yeast formed by the conversions and prevent the alcohol from having any effect on us.
For people with Auto-Brewery Syndrome, the bacteria are unable to counteract the formation of yeast fast enough, resulting in easily raised blood alcohol levels.
Hess now takes anti-fungal medicine to avoid symptoms, and has been put on a low-carb diet. He reports the treatment is slowly working, but it is still something he is cautious of every day.
So while pasta definitely tastes better than a tequila shot, we should be grateful that we don’t have to make tally marks on our arms for every potato chip we eat.
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