Auto-brewery syndrome, or gut fermentation syndrome, is an incredibly rare medical condition that causes the body’s own digestive system to produce intoxicating amounts of alcohol.
The cause: a strain of yeast called saccharomyces cerevisiae stuck in the small intestine produces pure ethanol which is then quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. After a high carbohydrate meal, the yeast will break down the carbohydrates found in foods like bread of pasta and turn them into ethanol. This yeast is the same yeast used in winemaking, baking and brewing. This yeast is also considered one of the most studied eukaryotes in cell biology.
Treatment: The condition cannot be cured, but can be effectively controlled by taking anti fungal drugs such as fluconazole and by administering a low carbohydrate diet.
The most notorious case of Auto-brewery syndrome is that of a sixty one year old Texas man, whose story made it to the International Journal of Clinical Medicine and other media outlets. The man complained of dizziness and other alcohol related symptoms, it was not until he underwent a gastroenterology test that doctors discovered yeast was producing the ethanol in his gut.
Although it sounds like this particular disease could have certain pros, they are definitely far outweighed by the cons, which include a constant hangover and often being five times over the legal driving limit despite not touching a drop of beer.
I apologize for the brief nature of this article.