‘Auto-Brewery’ syndrome turns digestive system into tiny brewery

‘Auto-Brewery’ syndrome turns digestive system into tiny brewery

This case might leave you shocked- a woman was arrested for DWI without consuming alcohol. Later, it was found that she suffers from a rare condition called ‘Auto-Brewery’ syndrome, in which the digestive system becomes its own little brewery.

The woman’s lawyer presented evidences by a doctor that she suffers from a rare condition after which the charges against her were dismissed. Under this condition, which is also known as gut-fermentation syndrome, substances in the gut ferment food into ethanol henceforth a person’s blood-alcohol to rise. It might be a baffling case for you, but not for doctors, who claim that the rare condition has been found in multiple patients.

For the first time, this condition was described in 1912 as ‘germ carbohydrate fermentation’ and first studied in the 1930s and 40s as a contributing factor to vitamin deficiencies and irritable bowel syndrome.

Doctors said that in this condition, a person shows all the symptoms that a person will exhibit when he has consumed too much alcohol like slurred words and confusion. Dr. Richard Peek, a professor of medicine and cancer biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said that not much is known about the condition, but as per him there could be one reason to be blamed.

Peek said, “These observations show the importance of gastric microbiota or microbiome in altering functions. It really can regulate or cause disease such as irresistible bowel syndrome and it’s been linked to metabolic syndrome, diabetes and fatty liver”.

As per him, a person having this condition could be suggested to have a low carbohydrate diet. Peek said that in many cases this recommendation has worked. He also recommended to treat patients with antifungal medications to reduce the load of candida in microbiota.

Peek has recommended people should have good diet, be regular in exercise and occasional probiotics to achieve a healthy microbiome.