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Auto-brewery syndrome may be responsible for your DUI

While most people in Tennessee realize that breath analyzers may not always be accurate, there are also certain health conditions that can land you with a DUI, even when you have not drunk a drop of alcohol. We at the Law Office of Rob McKinney can educate you on the dangers of auto-brewery syndrome and how it may affect your blood alcohol concentration.

According to CNN, this disease is gaining recognition as scientists and law enforcement officers realize that some people who claim they are not intoxicated at the time they receive a DUI are telling the truth. Auto-brewery syndrome, which is also known as gut-fermentation syndrome, is exactly what it sounds like: a condition that causes your body to brew alcohol inside your gut.

The cause of this fermentation process is due to an overgrowth of candida yeast in the digestive system. As you ingest carbohydrates and sugars, the bacteria processes these and converts them into ethanol, the same type of alcohol found in beer. As this ethanol is absorbed into the body, your blood alcohol concentration may rise rapidly, meaning that a small glass of beer could put you far over the legal limit.

One of the main problems with diagnosing this disorder is that people who have it are typically so used to having alcohol in their systems that they function better at high levels of intoxication than people without the syndrome and, therefore, do not realize anything is wrong until they take a breathalyzer test. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.

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