Wouldn't it be fun if you could get drunk whenever you wanted, without even buying a beer? Well, unfortunately for people with gut fermentation syndrome, this scenario is their reality, and it's anything but fun. The science of gut fermentation syndrome is both a little confusing and a whole lot of fascinating. After all, what would having a brewery in your stomach even be like? Lucky for you, we've found out exactly what it's like and how it works, so you can answer that pesky question of, "What is gut fermentation syndrome?"
Gut fermentation syndrome is also called auto-brewery syndrome, and with good reason. To put things very simply, people who have this syndrome turn things they ingest into alcohol, without even trying, and it gets them drunk. Most people don't know they have it until something goes terrible wrong. And no, we're not just talking about someone writing on their face with a permanent marker.
This is nothing to be jealous of, but it is an unusual and interesting thing that happens to some people. So, unless you're one of those people, grab yourself a drink and read on for more facts about gut fermentation syndrome.
The Condition Is Exceedingly Rare
It All Starts with Gut Yeast
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It Can Get You Drunk... at Any Time