Woman arrested for DWI without drinking freed later after diagnosed with ‘Auto-Brewery’ Syndrome

Woman arrested for DWI without drinking freed later after diagnosed with ‘Auto-Brewery’ Syndrome

Without being drunk, woman faced charges for DWI, but being diagnosed with a rare condition ‘Auto-Brewery’ syndrome, helped her free from the charges. The syndrome is such where the digestive system becomes its own small brewery.

The woman’s lawyer presented evidence by a doctor that she had the rare syndrome. Attorney Joseph Marusak said that he has never heard of this syndrome before this case. “But I knew something was amiss when the hospital police took the woman to wanted to release her immediately because she wasn't exhibiting any symptoms”, affirmed Marusak.

The New York woman was charged with DUI hours before she had her last drink. When she took a breathalyzer, her blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit. After presenting the evidence that she suffers from the syndrome, the charges against her were dismissed.

In this condition, substances in the gut ferment food into ethanol due to it a person’s blood-alcohol to spike. Doctors have found that the rare condition is present in many patients. When a person’s blood-alcohol increases, he or she can exhibit the same symptoms as some who had drunk too much liquor. In fact, there have been some instances where alcohol could be smelled on their breath.

Dr. Richard Peek, a professor of medicine and cancer biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said that these people have increased number of candida. When taken a meal having a high amount of carbohydrates, they metabolize the carbohydrate into ethanol.

Alteration in the gut’s bacteria called the microbiome has significant effects with auto-brewery syndrome. Dr. Peek has suggested to a low carbohydrate diet and in some cases it has shown to reverse the symptoms as well. This suggestion may work on some and not on others. One can also be treated with antifungal medications to reduce the load of candida in microbiota.


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