Feeling chipsy? This man gets drunk on potatoes

Published Thursday, Sep 17 2015, 18:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Thought you were a lightweight? This man gets drunk just by eating potatoes.

Nick Hess has a bizarre condition called auto-brewery syndrome – that means carbs turn into booze inside his stomach.

Now it may sound like a dream come true, after all, chomping on chips before a night out would save you so much money. But the 35-year-old says it's a living nightmare.

His wife Karen was convinced he had a drinking problem and took videos of him while under the influence. Little did they know, it was potatoes causing the problem.

Now fully diagnosed, he follows a special diet to make sure he's not constantly tipsy.

Nick Hess has auto-brewery syndrome meaning he gets drunk on potatoes

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Nick is on a strict diet to control the condition

Nick, from Columbus, Ohio, will appear on a BBC Two documentary to talk about his unusual condition.

He told the Daily Mirror: "When she first accused me of being drunk, without drinking, I thought she was crazy.

"But friends and family thought, 'maybe he is over there, drinking by himself, a secret alcoholic'."

Speaking of the first time he watched the footage, he added: "I looked into my eyes and could see I wasn't there. It was terrifying. I couldn't remember it."

World's Weirdest Events, tonight (Thursday 17 September), 8pm, on BBC Two.

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