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Can Auto-brewery syndrome be used as a defense for DUI?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2023 | Firm News

Have you ever heard of Auto-Brewery Syndrome? While this medical condition is rare, it does exist. It’s a condition in which the body produces alcohol, resulting in intoxication without drinking any alcoholic beverages. It could be responsible for a person in Florida being charged with a DUI.

What is auto-brewery syndrome?

Auto-brewery syndrome (ABS) is a rare condition in which the body produces from the consumption of carbohydrates. The symptoms of the syndrome could potentially be a DUI defense. This can cause several symptoms, including:

  • Intoxication
  • Blackouts
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

ABS is most commonly caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the intestines. This can happen after taking antibiotics or steroids, which kill off good bacteria that keep yeast in check.

Treatment for ABS typically involves antifungal medications

Auto-brewery syndrome can also be caused by eating food contaminated with yeast or taking certain medications. The condition can be diagnosed with a blood test or breathalyzer. Treatment for auto-brewery syndrome includes:

  • avoiding alcohol
  • antifungal medications
  • probiotics
  • disorientation
  • impaired coordination
  • nausea and vomiting

Improving diagnostics and treatments

Auto-brewery syndrome is a condition that can have severe consequences if not treated properly. Fortunately, treatments are available to help manage the symptoms of Auto-brewery syndrome and prevent further complications. However, it is vital for those suffering from this disorder to be aware of the potential risks associated with alcohol made by their own body and receive appropriate medical attention when needed. Greater awareness of this rare condition may improve diagnosis and treatment options so those affected can live healthier lives.