Meet the man who can get drunk by eating a bag of chips.

Unless you’re a billionaire, you’d probably be quite keen on the idea of saving a few quid on a night out drinking. Well, that’s no problem for this guy.


Nick Hess, from the UK, has a rare condition called ‘auto-brewery-syndrome’ (no I didn’t make that up), which means his stomach has an overgrowth of yeast, which turns any carbs he eats into alcohol.

Effectively, this means all Nick has to do is munch on a bag of chips and he’s half way gone.

As good as this might sound, it’s actually a bit of a problem. And when I say a bit of a problem, I actually mean it’s a big problem.

Pringles? Forget it… source

Nick has been hospitalised for the condition and although he hadn’t touched a drop, hospital staff suspected him of being a closet alcoholic. In fact, one carb heavy meal can put Nick’s blood alcohol level to 120 milligrams per 100 milliletres of blood – the equivalent of downing seven straight shots of whisky!

Fortunately, he has now been diagnosed and is being treated for the condition with anti-fungal drugs and a low carb diet. He does still suffer from the condition one or two times a month though.

Nick told The Metro ‘My condition is nowhere near as bad as it was. I have my wife to thank for that. She carried on searching for an answer when I was ready to give up. I’m so grateful to her’.

While this condition is very rare, it might be best to go easy on the Pringles the next time you are out onn the town…