Man with rare condition gets DRUNK from eating chips

By Samantha Luiz
13 March 2015

This man suffers from a condition that turns carbohydrates into alcohol.

Nick Hess, from Britain, suffers from a condition called ‘auto-brewery syndrome’ which causes his body to produce excess yeast, causing consumed carbohydrates such as chips or potatoes to convert into alcohol.

Before the thirty four year old man was diagnosed last year, loved ones suspected he had a drinking problem.

'I’d eat some carbs and all of a sudden I was goofy, vulgar'

“It was weird, I’d eat some carbs and all of a sudden I was goofy, vulgar. Every day for a year I would wake up and vomit,

"Sometimes it would come on over the course of a few days, sometimes it was just like “bam! I’m drunk, “he told BBC.

His wife, Karen Daw even suspected he had a secret booze stash that would explain his random drunken moments.

"We would be watching television ... and by the end of the evening, he would start to be confused, and he would start slurring. And he did smell like he had alcohol on his breath.

"I went through the entire house looking for alcohol. Anywhere that I think that maybe you could hide a small bottle or a small flask. The painful part was just doubting him.

"It just made me more determined to try and figure out what was going on with him," she told ABC News.

Following his diagnosis, Nick is keeping his condition under control with a low carb diet and anti-fungal medication. Although he still experience one or two episodes a month, his condition is not nearly as bad it was.


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