Carthage, TX — Researchers in Texas believe they've figured out a mysterious ailment that can cause someone to feel intoxicated without consuming any alcohol.
An East Texas man was a test case. For five years he struggled with feeling symptoms of being drunk.
Some doctors thought he must have been a closet drinker, but a research team at Panola College discovered something called "Auto Brewery Syndrome" also known as "Gut Fermentation Syndrome."
Experts found in some people a yeast infection can cause fermentation in the intestines that can make people feel intoxicated.
Tests also revealed that a specific combination of glucose and a high carbohydrate diet increased a patient's blood alcohol level well above the legal limit of .08 percent.
Dr. Barbara Cordell, Panola College, Nursing School Dean, "He was dizzy and feeling unusual, his wife is actually a nurse. She was suspicious ..that he smelled like alcohol and seemed like he was drunk and intoxicated. So he said he hadn't been drinking, she believed him, I believed him, So, we really tried to figure out what was going on with him."
The doctor prescribed an anti-yeast medication, which cleared the problem right up.