The human liver can produce alcohol. How is that possible?


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Even if you consider yourself an unwavering guardian of a healthy lifestyle, it is likely that your liver is able to produce alcohol in relatively large quantities! Incidentally, this unusual discovery was recently made by Chinese scientists who came across a new kind of "intoxicating" microbes in the walls of the Metropolitan Institute of Pediatrics in China.

It seems that drink lovers have an original excuse that has a scientific basis

Why is man drinking?

Many of us are well aware of the specific effects of alcohol on human behavior. Hardly half of all people who have ever experienced the effects of alcoholic beverages can explain the reason for the processes that already occur in the human body after drinking a small amount of this liquid. The main role in starting the poisoning process is played by ethanol, which is contained in absolutely every alcoholic beverage. In the human body, ethanol is absorbed quickly by the stomach and gets into circulation from there. Alcohol in the bloodstream blocks blood flow and leaves temporary microtubes that cause mild hypoxia.

Hypoxia is an oxygen deficiency in which a person feels dizzy and loses control of the body and consciousness. However, if a person's mild hypoxia condition does not cause much harm, his severe forms can lead to deadly and sometimes even irreversible consequences for the brain.

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Bacteria can make the liver produce alcohol

Despite the fact that the poisoning process most commonly occurs as a result of a person's decision to consume a certain dose of alcohol, a person can sometimes be poisoned without their will. An amazing case occurred in one of the Chinese clinics, where an unusual patient with the so-called auto-brewery syndrome was admitted for treatment (doctors also sometimes have a good sense of humor). Patients suffering from this disease can become very intoxicated by consuming absolutely sugary products in their composition. The alcohol concentration in the blood of a young man who had gone to the Chinese Pediatrics Institute for treatment after consuming sweet foods for treatment reached a record level of 400 milligrams per liter of blood.

The liver of a frequently drinking person (left) and the liver of a healthy person (right)

Scientists believe that special bacteria associated with a fungal infection could cause a similar condition. In other words, those who suffer from the symptom "car brewing" may not realize that there are microscopic creatures in their intestines capable of synthesizing large quantities of ethanol. In addition, not only bacteria and fungi can cause a similar condition, but also very specific diseases.

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Studies have shown that in so-called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in the body, which mainly affects the liver, the symptom of sudden poisoning is very similar to that of alcohol. In addition, experts believe that the disease, which used to be extremely rare, has recently increased exposure. Reasons for the increase in registered cases of morbidity may include widespread dietary protein deficiency, susceptibility to diabetes and obesity, and the use of drugs aimed at rapid weight loss.