If you were recently charged with a DUI in Texas, but do not believe you were intoxicated, you may be suffering from auto-brewery syndrome. Recognition of this disease and its potential to cause unfair drunk driving charges has been increasing as more and more doctors are becoming aware of it. We at The Law Office of Anthony B. Cantrell can help you determine if auto-brewery syndrome may be responsible for your DUI.
According to NPR.org, some people who claim to have drunk very little or no alcohol have registered blood alcohol concentrations that are substantially above the acceptable limit. When researchers observed one man in this position in Texas, they found that his claims were true. During a 24-hour observation period, the man’s BAC levels rose to 0.12 percent, even though he was not given any alcohol.
Doctor’s examined the man’s gut and found that it was overgrown with brewer’s yeast. After additional study, they realized that the yeast was converting the starches that the man ate into ethanol, the same type of alcohol found in beer. His intestinal tract was essentially brewing beer inside his gut, causing him to become intoxicated simply from the foods he ate.
While researchers have reported that cases of this disease are extremely rare, many people are finding that they too were charged with DUIs when they were unlikely to be intoxicated by the amount of alcohol they had ingested. If you feel that you were unjustly issued a DUI citation, you too could be a sufferer of auto-brewery syndrome. For more information, please visit our web page.