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Man’s body brews its own beer after yeast take over his gut microbiome


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Man’s body brews its own beer after yeast take over his gut microbiome

Health 20 October 2019 By Alice Klein In rare cases, someone’s gut can make its own alcohol from carbohydratesJack Andersen/Getty ImagesA man in the US has started producing beer in his gut after it accidentally became colonised by high levels of brewer’s yeast. The normally healthy 46-year-old began to experience mental fogginess, dizziness and memory…

Man’s body brews its own beer after yeast take over his gut microbiome


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20 October 2019

By Alice Klein

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In rare cases, someone’s gut can make its own alcohol from carbohydrates

Jack Andersen/Getty Images

A man in the US has started producing beer in his gut after it accidentally became colonised by high levels of brewer’s yeast.

The normally healthy 46-year-old began to experience mental fogginess, dizziness and memory loss in 2011 and had to give up his job. He saw multiple doctors, but they couldn’t work out what was wrong. A psychiatrist prescribed him antidepressants in 2014, but this didn’t help.

A few months later, the man was pulled over and arrested for erratic …

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