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Man gets drunk on cake due to weird condition

January 11, 2021 | Comment icon 5 comments

Imagine if cake could get you drunk... Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Phil Parker
62-year-old Nick Carson suffers from a rare condition that turns carbohydrates directly into alcohol.
Some people are known to have a so-called 'sweet tooth' due to their penchant for cakes, chocolates and other treats, but for Carson - a former business owner from Suffolk, England - eating anything rich in carbohydrates can make him literally drunk because his body turns them into alcohol.

Known as auto brewery syndrome (ABS), the condition means that he can become blind drunk within a matter of minutes just from eating cakes and biscuits.

He is now forced to take a breathalyzer device everywhere he goes.

It is believed that his condition was caused by chemicals he was exposed to 20 years ago.
"I've basically become an involuntary alcoholic because this condition makes you one, whether you want to be or not," he said. "Having a little bit of sugar or carbohydrates can quickly make me become drunk. I try to stick to a Keto-based diet but it's hard because there are carbs in all sorts of foods."

"I can go from being stone cold sober to being three times over the driving limit in a matter of minutes which is quite scary. The effect isn't pleasant and I have sections of my memory where I have no idea what I've done. I just talk rubbish and walk around in circles."

Fortunately his wife has been extremely supportive and is helping him to cope with the condition.

"I hope that sharing my story will help people become more knowledgeable about ABS," he said.

Source: Lad Bible | Comments (5)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 9 months ago
"Let there be cake... " ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 9 months ago
He is an cakeholic.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 9 months ago
I'll bet you don't want to be within 10 meters of this guy when he's farting.  That sounds like a really disgusting condition.
Comment icon #4 Posted by moonman 9 months ago
I don't understand how his body can turn carbs into that much alcohol so fast. It takes beer days to ferment, the few hours the carbs sit in his gut doesn't seem like enough time. Keto diet for him I guess, not a difficult fix.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Dynamo X 9 months ago
The trouble is that this can become an addiction. For example, unusually,  some people are addicted to cats. Take the Pope for instance, I've heard that he's a Cataholic 

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