The Medical Case of the Man Who Brewed Beer in His Gut


A 61-year-old man — with a history of home-brewing — stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. And sure enough, the man’s blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 percent, or almost five times the legal limit for driving in Texas.

There was just one hitch: The man said that he hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol that day.

The patient had an infection with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Cordell says. So when he ate or drank a bunch of starch — a bagel, pasta or even a soda — the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol, and he would get drunk. Essentially, he was brewing beer in his own gut.

I wonder if this is where the story of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs really came from?

Via NPR for the full story.

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