Xaran <n1387308 at sparrow.qut.edu.au> wrote:
>I was wondering about a particular friend of mine who seems to have the
>capability of being able to turn glucose into alcohol!
> After eating a packet of jelly beans this particular gentleman
>actually does exhibit the effects of drinking alcohol and actually has a
>blood alcohol reading despite not drinking any.
> Is it possible that he has as part of his natural microflora oa
>fermentative microbe that produce the ethanol and thus affecting him as it
>passes through the small intestine.
> Thanks- Xaran.
I read of a case like this in the newspaper 10 years ago or so (sorry-
no reference). The affected person had this problem for many years
and had a hard time convincing anyone that he wasn't sneaking drinks
to produce the blood alcohol that was being observed. It finally
turned out that he was found to have a yeast somewhere in his gi tract
that was the culprit. I can't remember any other details, but I think
at the time it was the only known instance of this. Good luck!