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Research team discovers auto brewery syndrome
TEXAS -- A strange disorder out of Texas....a man felt drunk but didn't drink any alcohol. Researchers think they've gotten to the bottom of the mystery. For five years the victim struggled with feeling symptoms of being drunk.
Some doctors thought he must have been a closet drinker, but a research team discovered something called "auto brewery syndrome" also known as "gut fermentation syndrome."
That means in some people a yeast infection can cause fermentation in the intestines that can make people feel intoxicated. Tests also revealed that a specific combination of glucose and a high carbohydrate diet increased a patient's blood alcohol level well above the legal limit of point .08 percent.
"He was dizzy and feeling unusual, his wife is actually a nurse. She was suspiciousthat he smelled like alcohol and seemed like he was drunk and intoxicated. So he said he hadn't been drinking, she believed him, I believed him, so, we really tried to figure out what was going on with him."
The doctor prescribed an anti-yeast medication, which cleared the problem right up.