Texas Man Discovers Magical Power: His Belly Turns Food Into Beer

Talk about a serious case of beer gut

We derive pleasure from eating. That's a known fact. As former Saturday Night Live writer and stand-up comedian John Mulaney put it, “When people order fries, they act like it is a little adventure.” That's right. Fries can make us drunk with happiness. Or, for some, it can make us, literally, just drunk.

Such is the case of the 61-year-old Texas man whose gut ferments food into alcohol. He appeared to be drunk all the time -- even when he hadn't had a drop to drink. The problem? He was eating too many carbohydrates.

Before you start thinking you have another reason to ban (or add more) carbs in your life, he has what’s been labeled auto-brewery syndrome. You’re hearing it right: automatic brewery… syndrome? Also known as, gut fermentation syndrome. Basically, a yeast that lived in his stomach turned all starches into fermented sugar, producing alcohol. His stomach was essentially an ultra microbrewing facility. Can you imagine if every rendezvous you had with a thing of fries was the same as going to the bar?

Assuming his last meal hasn’t thrown him over the BAC level equating possibility of death (anything over 0.30), the next most pressing concerns include: is his liver undergoing the same exhaustion as that of the alcoholic, just from eating? More curiously, we wonder, how has he not been incarcerated by now? And what kind of brew is he making in there? Is it more a Pabst Blue Ribbon or a Sam Adams?

Remember, Texas man, with great power comes great responsibility.

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