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Does yeast keep you sober?

Does yeast keep you sober?

Yeast are microscopic, single-celled fungi, and Koch's explanation is that they break down some of the alcohol in the stomach before it gets absorbed in the bloodstream. "It mitigates the effect of alcohol," he says. Yeast has an enzyme, just like our own livers and stomach linings, that can break down alcohol.

Can yeast get you drunk?

Technically, yes. Too much candida in your gut microbiome can lead to a condition called auto-brewery syndrome. “Candida, or other intestinal yeast, can take simple sugars or refined carbohydrates and turn them into alcohol,” explains functional-medicine physician Gregory Plotnikoff, MD.