How would it feel to be drunk all the time?
Irrespective of how cool you think inebriation might be, it's not always fun being drunk when you haven't drank a single drop of alcohol!
Yes, there exists a rare medical condition in which your body produces alcohol, causing instant drunkenness!
Auto-brewery syndrome happens when an over-abundance of yeast, trapped in the digestive system propels the body to convert common carbohydrates into alcohol!
When someone with this rare condition, eats something that is particularly starchy, a simple chemical reaction occurs in the body that ferments the carbs, producing ethanol. It is also known as "gut-fermenting syndrome" for obvious reasons.
There is a lack of medical recognition of this rare condition. But there was a case of a 61-year-old man suffering from auto-brewery, who complained of chronic whole-body symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, moodiness, muscle pain, stress intolerance, cognitive impairment and the feeling of intoxication. In addition to this, there have been a few other cases of people complaining of being "forever drunk".
How dangerous can it be?
Well, you might think being drunk without actually spending a penny on drinks is cool but it's actually quite the opposite.
There might be a possibility of alcohol poisoning. Or worse, you run the risk of being involved in a potentially life-threatening accident, after probably consuming an 'extra helping of pasta'!
Ever thought about being hungover permanently? Does that scare you?
The worst part is that there is no sure-shot treatment for the condition.
Well, in the case of a woman from upstate New York who showed the symptoms, doctors are trying to treat the condition with a combination of a "carb-free" (low carb) diet and anti-fungal medications, that aim at combating the proliferation of yeast in the gut.