A woman’s body brews alcohol just like a brewery and this rare syndrome has gotten an unnamed woman off a DUI charge. This woman spent $7,000 of her own money to work with a specialist to show this syndrome is real and it is due to excess intestinal yeast turning ordinary foods she consumes into alcohol.
According to MSN News on January 1, this syndrome has been seen before with people who report feeling “loopy” after consuming ordinary foods, such as French fries. It is called Auto-Brewery Syndrome, said Dr Anup Kanodia of Ohio, who is an expert on this diagnosis.
Kanodia, who monitored and tested the woman, conveys that it is a real syndrome, “but it’s a brand new disease and we’re still trying to understand it.” He estimates 50 to 100 people have been diagnosed with this syndrome today, but 95 percent of the people who are inflicted with the syndrome don’t realize they have it.
The woman who was excused from the DUI in the New York court by Judge Walter Rooth explained how this syndrome can make her appear drunk. She said that she can register life-threatening alcohol levels in a Breathalyzer test due to her Auto-Brewery Syndrome. This case was heard in a New York court on December 9, but it was slow getting into national news coverage, reports MSN.
According to Fox News today, the woman’s lawyer told the judge that her blood alcohol level can register four times the legal amount, but yet this woman hasn’t had a drink. Will this open a can of worms for future DUIs around the nation?
As far as driving, Dr. Kanodia said “I would say it is not safe to drive a car if you are in an auto brewery syndrome flare.” The woman with this syndrome is a 35-year-old teacher, who has a previous DUI. MSN reports that “Last year, she was arrested after a 911 tipster reported she was weaving. She reportedly was found driving on a flat tire with “ glassy-bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.” She said she had three cocktails, but a breathalyzer found her blood alcohol content was .33 percent.”
According to an article published by the BBC News earlier this year a link between long-term antibiotic use and this syndrome is being studied. They also report that anti-fungal drugs have successfully treated at least two other cases of Auto-Brewery Syndrome along with a diet that reduces sugar and carbohydrate intake.
Many are still questioning the judge’s decision to let this woman off her DUI charge. The local prosecutor plans to appeal the judge’s decision.