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5 Facts you should know about

Auto-brewery syndrome

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1

A condition characterized by the fermentation of ingested carbohydrates

in the gastrointestinal tract of the body caused by bacteria or fungi.

2

Symptoms that usually accompany ABS include elevated blood alcohol levels

as well as symptoms consistent with alcohol intoxication—such as slurred speech, stumbling, loss of motor functions, dizziness, and belching.

3

Organisms use lactic acid fermentation

or mixed acid fermentation pathways to produce an ethanol end product.

4

The ethanol generated from these pathways is absorbed in the small intestine,

causing an increase in blood alcohol concentrations that produce the effects of intoxication without the consumption of alcohol.

5

Auto-brewery syndrome is more prevalent in patients with co-morbidities

such as diabetes, obesity, and Crohn’s disease.

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