Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:46 pm

Having your body make its own alcohol may sound like a fun party trick, especially during the harder parts of our lockdown. But for people with Auto-Brewery Syndrome, it’s a dangerous life-altering disease

A woman who doesn’t drink at all arrived at a hospital showing all the symptoms of liver disease related to severe alcohol abuse.

The woman who pees alcohol

Her urine tests showed a shockingly high amount of alcohol which contradicted the woman’s insistence that she didn’t drink at all. 

After examining her the doctors found that the woman, who did not even seem drunk had a rare case of Auto-Brewer syndrome called bladder fermentation where her body was turning her urine into alcohol. 

Her rare case published in the Annals of Internal Medicine says the 61-year-old woman is the only person known to suffer from this type of Auto- Brewer Syndrome. 

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Although the 61-year-old woman who literally pees alcohol doesn’t feel the effects of the alcohol her body produces, she suffers from the health complications that come with having so much alcohol in her body. 

A 49-year-old American man was arrested for erratic driving. Tests later showed he was over more than twice the legal alcohol limit for driving. While the visibly drunk man insisted he was not drunk all signs pointed to him over drinking. 

According to the American College of Gastroenterology, the man’s gut was processing sugar and carbohydrates and turning them into alcohol. The alcohol in his gut was being absorbed into his bloodstream making him feel, look and test drunk. 

Why do people get ABS

Auto brewers syndrome is caused by the overgrowth of specific fungi in the gut. These fungi convert carbohydrates and sugar into ethanol (a type of alcohol) and make the sufferer look, feel and even test drunk.

This very rare disorder is caused by a number of conditions that affect the gut and in the rare singular case of the woman who suffers from bladder fermentation, the urinary tract.

Conditions like diabetes, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, short bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacteria overgrowth, Crohn’s disease, and a weak immune system can all cause ABS in both children and adults.

According to Medical News Today Auto brewers syndrome may not be as rare as we think as many cases are simply diagnosed as consumption related, but may actually be ABS.



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