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April 02, 2023
Man Details Syndrome That Makes His Body Produce Beer, But It's Unfortunately Not As Fun As It Sounds
Apparently, there's a condition that causes one's body to produce beer. Which sounds like a pretty rad condition - though I prefer wine myself. But it's actually not as fun as it sounds.
Forty-year-old Mark Mongiardo of Florida says he has the rare condition, dubbed "auto-brewery syndrome," which causes an imbalance of microbiota to convert sugar to alcohol in his gut. It can be caused by a poor diet or antibiotic use.
\u201cI have a rare condition that causes my body to produce BEER https://t.co/X1Gb7vv61y\u201d— Daily Mail Online (@Daily Mail Online) 1680321760
The syndrome causes Mark to appear drunk even when he hasn't had a drop of alcohol. He used to be a schoolteacher, but lost his job due to his constant state of apparent drunkeness. His bosses accused him of "smelling like beer" at school, which he probably did - but the scent was coming from the sugars in his gut.
He even got pulled over twice for "drunk-driving," telling TODAY: "'For years, [my wife] thought I was hiding drinking and I would come home each day and I would basically be drunk. I had symptoms of being intoxicated from slurring speech to balance issues. And this happened even at social events where I had not been drinking.'
He "lost everything" after the second time getting pulled over: "I had to sell my house, I had to sell my car. I couldn't get a job in education, I couldn't get a job at the grocery store. I had pending felony charges. You know, I was facing prison time for two DWI's when I had not been drinking."
To keep the syndrome under wraps, Mongiardo has to take 30 tablets of medication per day and eat an extreme low-carb diet, no pizza or pasta allowed. He takes a breathalyzer before every drive and now works at Target.
But there is some good news - the felony charges were dropped after the police took too long to bring them to trial. And at least now he and his family have a diagnosis. I can't imagine how bizarre and troubling it would be to never drink, but constantly feel and appear drunk.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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