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The Body Making its Own Alcohol can Result in a DUI

It may sound like an off-the-wall defense theory, but auto-brewery syndrome is real.  Our bodies can produce alcohol.  Alcohol (ethanol) is basically the product of fermented sugar and yeast.  We ingest yeast in various foods, and at least one kind of yeast is in the human body naturally.  Also present in the body is sugar, either through direct consumption or through the break-down of carbohydrates into glucose.  This means the body is capable of producing alcohol.  Driving with that endogenous ... Read More »

Auto-Brewery Syndrome Update 2020

Readers of this news blog may recall an interesting post about “Auto Brewery Syndrome” (ABS) posted by one of our California contributors, Lawrence Taylor.  This syndrome occurs when bowel abnormalities affect patients by creating a yeast overgrowth, usually candida, in the G.I. tract.  This causes fermentation of ingested carbohydrates, producing enough alcohol to result in drunkeness.[1]  Interestingly, in 2020 a distinction from traditional ABS was made in a case study published in the peer-reviewed Annals of Internal Medicine.  The treating ... Read More »

Drunk Without Drinking?

A man in Maine was arrested and charged in August of 2016 with operating under the influence after police found him with a blood alcohol level nearly four times over the legal limit. There was just one catch: he said that he hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol in months. While this seems far-fetched, there is a medical explanation for being intoxicated without actually drinking alcohol. This medical explanation, called auto brewery syndrome, actually does affect a rare, small group ... Read More »