A Belgian man was acquitted of a drunk-driving charge on Monday after court officials learned he suffers from a very rare metabolic condition that causes his body to turn certain foods into alcohol.

⁠Due to his condition, the man’s body creates ethanol, which is intoxicating, after ingesting sugary and starchy foods. Symptoms are akin to that of actual drunkenness, including slurred speech and dizziness.

⁠In what the man’s lawyer Anse Ghesquiere called “another unfortunate coincidence,” she said the defendant is employed in a brewery.

You can’t make this up.


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  1. well, as a Belgian, I can confirm that this is an unfortunate coincidence, but it is quite common for us to be employed in a brewery. like being employed in tech in Palo Alto.

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