Auto-brewery fermentation, also know as gut fermentation syndrome, is a condition where ones body produces ethanol through endogenous fermentation in the gastrointestinal system. This occurs after a high carbohydrate meal is ingested. This condition is rare, but it can occur in adults or children. A type of yeast, saccharomyces cerevisiae, is what cause the got to fermentate and produce alcohol.
Auto-brewery fermentation can look very similar to someone that has had a drink and is intoxicated, but without actually haveing to take a drink of any alcohol. Side effects of auto-brewery fermentation may include, belching, dizziness, dry mouth, hangover, or chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome may result in depression, anxiety, or no desire to to anything.
If someone has this condition, a change in their diet may help to limit or prevent the auto-brewery fermentation. A high carb intake will increase the fermentation process. To manage the fermentation process the new diet should consist more of high amounts of proteins and a low amount of carbs. A diet that lowers sugars would also help with managing this condition. Probiotics can be used to help keep the balance of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Having these bacteria will be beneficial in managing the fermentation process as well.
In my opinion this condition is very interesting. First off, I have never heard of this condition. I found this condition to be extremely interesting because I never knew that our bodies could do such a thing. For someone that is not familiar with this condition, they could mistaken someone for being intoxicated when they really are not. This would be important for any emergency profession in my opinion. For example, if you get pulled over by a cop, he may assume you are intoxicated when really you are not.