Stephanie says her relationship with her partner of 15 years, Hal, is on the brink of collapse because of out-of-control episodes where he becomes verbally abusive, belligerent, blacks out, and many times has a blood alcohol level over 0.40. She says this happens 4 out of 7 days a week, and she’s the one to pick up the pieces when Hal has no memory of what he’s done.

“Our family is at a complete breaking point because I don’t know how much longer we can do this,” says Stephanie.

But Hal insists he isn’t drinking and doesn’t use drugs. He’s been diagnosed with Auto-Brewery Syndrome (ABS), a little-known medical condition that causes a body to produce ethanol from yeast in the gut – leaving him dangerously intoxicated.

“People generally think that I’m generally just like a walking party, and happy-go-lucky, and ‘woo-hoo!’", says Hal. “But it’s definitely not a ‘woo-hoo!’ feeling. You wake up, and you’re out of your mind.”

Hal says living with the disorder is “not fun,” and Stephanie says she’s afraid it will kill him.

Can Dr. Phil help Hal find the medical intervention he needs? Watch Friday's Dr. Phil, “Belligerent and Blacked Out But Not a Drop to Drink,” to find out.

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