Look no further, legalized consumers of alcohol! Doctors have recently discovered that the nearest brewery may not be too far from home. In fact, it’s right inside your intestinal walls. For those of you beginning to investigate this possibility, consider this case study on a 61 year old Texan man who ate a mere bagel for breakfast and arrived at church later that morning intoxicated well above legal limits in his state. This seemingly humorous event is in fact a serious health concern for this man who was diagnosed with a newly coined condition, auto-brewery syndrome.
If you’re skeptical of this occurrence of a body intoxicating itself, consider the man’s wife, who in concern for her husband purchased a Breathalyzer to test not just his levels of blood alcohol but also his integrity. One morning, the man himself appeared in a hospital claiming to be “dizzy”. Doctors assumed his drunkenness and a test showed a .37 blood alcohol concentration, five times the limit for Texas residents. These doctors remained skeptical despite the patient’s claim to not having a “single drop”. Yet their informal decision to classify the man as a “closet drinker” was not the case this time around. These effects were the consequences of the man’s gut being stripped of its naturally occurring intestinal bacteria due to an excess of consumed antibiotics. The build-up of yeast in his stomach over a course of five years was taken notice as these common symptoms of dizziness, among others, occurred. Anytime the man consumed solid food or liquid containing carbohydrates, namely foods such as bread, bagels, pasta, etc. the ingested material and the yeast formed ethanol, literally intoxicating the body. I guess the take-away from all this is…have caution in what you put in your body?
The much anticipated but highly doubted EDM event known as Tomorrowland in its native European landscape has made its way to the United States under the renovated name, TomorrowWorld. The 21-plus festival took place this past weekend in Chattahoochee, Georgia with an estimated 140,00 attendees, and it delivered well to its audience. What seemed to be a doomed attempt at reviving this Belgian tradition in fact occurred without incident and is being applauded despite its “non-destination location, age restrictions, and hawkish press” looking to magnify each and every one of its faults.
TomorrowWorld was the first international attempt at expanding the success of the Tomorrowland festival. Tomorrowland co-owner Michiel Beers explained his team’s goal for the September event.”We will create a fairytale world from the smallest detail to the biggest stage.” He also stated that organizers chose the Georgia venue, ironically owned by a Belgian, because it “felt at home.” The committee was definitely pre-occupied with making the event a once-in-a-lifetime showdown of music and dancing. On top of the EDM hits that are breaking and entering the music industry being performed live, festival-goers also had the opportunity to camp out overnight in tents in a place forever to be remembered as “Dreamville,” the first ground-breaking fantasy to reality portrayal of an alternate world since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was introduced.
TomorrowWorld is profound in its success in truly submersing the individual in the phenomena which are music and lyrics. It signifies a shift in the industry towards a more technological, less emotional way of artistic expression which not many have yet learned to appreciate. EDM does have its place among namely, the younger generation, and its affluence in pop culture has certainly increased. Any previous accusations of intolerable amounts of drug use at these venues were shut down my TomorrowWorld’s seemingly pure reformation. EDM continues to captivate audiences in the same way that the music encompasses the soul and heart of each and every listener whilst they fall victim to the genre’s loud, astounding means of penetrating the music within the material body.