“Auto-brewery syndrome, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, is a rare medical condition in which intoxicating quantities of ethanol are produced through endogenous fermentation within the digestive system.
The effects of the disease can have profound effects on everyday life. As well, the recurring side effects of excessive belching, dizziness, dry mouth, hangovers, disorientation, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome can lead to other health problems such as depression, anxiety and poor productivity in employment. The random state of intoxication can lead to personal difficulties, and the relative obscurity of the condition can also make it hard to seek treatment.”
The Auto-brewery defense has been used several times as a defense in Utah DUI cases with a few successful results and many unsuccessful results.
With Utah’s new DUI law of 0.05% BAC it is possible that Auto-brewery syndrome could land you in jail. If you have auto-brewery syndrome your stomach basically acts the same as an beer brewery and is making ethanol in the stomach that can make you drunk without drinking a drop of alcohol.
In order to feel the effects your stomach would need to make a a large amount of ethanol, but it still becomes a risk with the new Utah 0.05% DUI Law.
Luckily the syndrome is very rare and the person needs to have the exact elements present in the stomach for the syndrome to happen, but with the lower BAC law coming into affect in 2018 you never know what kind of circumstances could arise to produce such a low BAC in the body.
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