Carbs May Activate Auto-Brewery Syndrome

Drunk without drinking?

By Kevin RR Williams

HEALTH It seems whenever someone with celiac disease restricts himself from gluten, he becomes an excited advocate, inferring that no one should eat gluten. This is transferrence of a personal disease. The Paleo diet is a recent fad that restricts carbohydrates. But here’s a new reason why some might need to cut the carbs.

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If you find yourself falling down drunk after a beer and pretzels or perhaps after having a turkey sandwich with chips, your gut might be secretly sneaking a drink. A rare medical condition is called auto-brewery syndrome or intoxicating gut syndrome. It causes a gastrointestinal organism called Saccharomyces cerevisiae to convert carbohydrates to fermented yeast. It’s like having your own internal brewery. If you’re not ready to eliminate all pasta, burgers and fries from your diet, the antifungal drug fluconazole is capable of killing Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Tags: alcoholism, dietitians, drunkenness, gastroenterology, nutritionists

  1. Drunk without alcohol: Auto-brewery syndrome ferments food in gut. Gwen Gowen, et al. via 20/20,
  2. Rare Condition Causes People to Brew Beer in Their Own Belly.
  3. Auto-brewery syndrome.