Some people suffer from an extremely rare condition termed as 'Auto-brewery syndrome' which leads to formation of alcohol in body from carbohydrates. It is only after a New York City woman was charged in drunken and driving case that she came to know that her body brews its own alcohol, meaning she suffers from a rare kind of syndrome known as auto brewery syndrome.
The incident has happened with an unnamed upstate New York woman who when blew a blood alcohol pipe was found to be having more than four times the legal limit at nearly 0.40. But the woman said that she had taken three drinks but early in the evening.
A month later, a judge has dismissed the charges against her after it was proved that she suffers from the syndrome. Attorney Joseph Marusak said that she had never heard of the 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. That prompts me to get on the Internet and see if there is any sort of explanation for a weird reading”, affirmed Marusak.
Panola College Dean of Nursing Barbara Cordell said that they are aware of at least 30 people who believe to be having the same syndrome. These people can function at alcohol levels such as 0.30 and 0.40 when on the same place a normal person would either be in comatose or dying.
The syndrome is also known as gut-fermentation syndrome, which takes place abnormal amounts of gastrointestinal yeast turns common food carbohydrate into ethanol. The process takes place in small bowel and is different from the normal gut fermentation in the large bowel that provides energy to human body.
The syndrome was first discovered into 1912 as germ carbohydrate fermentation and studied in the 1930s and 40s as a contributory factor to vitamin deficiencies and irritable bowel syndrome.
The woman is getting her condition treated with anti-fungal medications and a yeast-free diet with absolutely no sugar, no alcohol and very low amount of carbohydrates.
The CNN notes that, That's what happened to an upstate New York woman when she blew a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. Just before Christmas in Hamburg, New York, a judge dismissed the charges after being presented with evidence the woman suffers from "auto-brewery syndrome."
"I had never heard of auto-brewery syndrome before this case," attorney Joseph Marusak told CNN on the condition his client's identity remain anonymous. "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."
In other news BuzzFeed reported, here’s a new entry for best way to get out of a drunk driving charge: It’s not my fault — it’s the fungus in my gut.
Earlier this month, a judge in Hamburg, New York, dismissed a driving while intoxicated case against a 35-year-old school teacher after her attorney claimed that she had “auto-brewery syndrome,” a severe yeast infection in her intestines that supposedly pushed her blood alcohol levels to nearly four times the legal limit for driving.
In a statement provided to I4U, a New York woman has been arrested and charged with DUI but later it was discovered that she was not drunk. She was suffering from a rare disease known as ‘Auto-brewery syndrome’ in which digestive system starts to brew its own alcohol.
The woman, who was arrested, had a blood alcohol level more than four times high the legal limit. The judge in town Hamburg dismissed the drunken driving charges after evidence was presented that the woman had a rare medical condition called auto-brewery syndrome which causes a person’s blood alcohol level to spike.