Make Beer In Your Gut?


This medical case may give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘beer gut.’ A 61-year-old man — with a history of home-brewing — stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. Nurses ran a Breathalyzer test. And sure enough, the man’s blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 percent, or almost five times the legal limit for driving in Texas. There was just one hitch: The man said that he hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol that day… Other medical professionals chalked up the man’s problem to ‘closet drinking.’ But Cordell and Dr. Justin McCarthy, a gastroenterologist in Lubbock, wanted to figure out what was really going on.