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Auto-Brewery Syndrome Can Affect BAC TestAs odd as it may sound, it is possible for someone to ferment alcohol in their gut without having had any alcohol to drink. It is a rare condition known as auto-brewery syndrome or gut fermentation syndrome. People with this syndrome can be falsely suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol because a blood alcohol concentration test will give an inaccurately high reading. If you can prove that you have auto-brewery syndrome, you may be able to get your DUI charges dismissed, but this defense rarely applies.

How It Happens

People develop auto-brewery syndrome because of yeast or bacteria that grow in their gastrointestinal system – the same type of yeast that is used to ferment alcohol. Auto-brewery syndrome is most commonly diagnosed in people who have other conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, Crohn’s disease, and short bowel syndrome. Auto-brewery syndrome can cause the same symptoms as alcohol intoxication, such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of coordination
  • Vomiting
  • Belching
  • Disorientation

Unlike with consuming alcohol, a person with auto-brewery syndrome cannot reasonably predict when these symptoms may occur. Physicians may treat the syndrome by prescribing anti-fungal medicines and recommending that the patient goes on a low-carbohydrate diet.

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Illinois dui laws, Crystal Lake DUI Defense AttorneysAn arrest and conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol can lead to serious consequences for a driver. In addition to the possibility of jail time, drivers also face license suspension and fines that can seriously impact their lives. While these consequences are generally still in effect, this year brought with it new changes to Illinois DUI laws that will be a welcome relief to some drivers convicted of DUI.

Under the new changes, Illinois drivers who have two or more DUI convictions will now be required to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installed on their car for five years, in addition to obtaining a Restricted Driver's Permit in order to drive their vehicles and later have their licenses reinstated.

A BAIID device records a driver's blood alcohol content after a driver blows into it, and therefore prevents the driver from driving if his or her blood alcohol level is over .025. BAIID devices also take photographs of the person blowing into the device to ensure the permitted driver is the one driving the vehicle. The Secretary of State has a division that monitors the installation of BAIID devices on the vehicles of eligible drivers, as well as monitors the readings from the devices.

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