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    How Your Gut Can Make You Drunk

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    A 61-year-old Texas man’s blood alcohol level reached 0.37 percent or 5 times the limit for alcohol while driving – even though he never drank a drop.

    Ever heard of someone spontaneously getting drunk without ingesting any alcohol? In another documented case of auto-brewery syndrome, a 61-year-old Texas man’s blood alcohol level reached 0.37 percent or approximately 5 times the limit for alcohol while driving in Texas …even though he never drank a drop.

    According to his doctors, he would get drunk at any given time; his wife even suspected he was secretly getting drunk and bought a breathalyzer.

    Doctors monitored him in a hospital room for 24 hours. In one day of eating carbohydrates and periodically getting his blood checked, his blood alcohol rose to 0.12 percent at one point. They concluded an overgrowth of brewer’s yeast was feeding off the sugar and fermenting it into alcohol.

    While supposedly rare cases of auto-brewery syndrome date back to the 1970s, a 1990 study showed that it was common in 61 percent of people with various chronic illnesses.

    In her book Lick the Sugar Habit, Nancy Appleton, PhD lists 146 ways that sugar in various forms can harm your health. A few of these include mental and behavioral problems, increased cholesterol, decreased eyesight, food allergies, damaged DNA, and spreading cancer.