The Man Whose Microbiome Got Him Drunk
A 61-year-old man checks into the emergency room with a blood alcohol content of 0.37, almost five times the legal limit. There’s just one catch: He hadn’t had a sip of alcohol all day.
The culprit? He had a brewery inside his gut. This avid home-brewer had come down with a brewer’s yeast infection in his intestines, and any time he ate starch, they fermented it into alcohol inside his body! Yeast is used in all kinds of foods, but usually the cooking process or our stomach acids kill it before it can take up residence.
This guy’s gut microbiome was on permanent spring break. More at NPR.
Bonus: Find out much more about the 99% of you that isn’t you, your microbiome, via It’s Okay To Be Smart on YouTube.