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Excuse Of The Week


Ever heard of auto-brewery syndrome? Me neither but it got a 35-year-old schoolteacher from Buffalo out of a bit of bother, I read this week.

She was spotted driving erratically and with a flat tyre. Naturally, the old bill pulled her up to find she smelt, allegedly, of alcohol, was slurring her words and had bloodshot eyes. Whilst she was able to recite the alphabet she failed all the other sobriety tests.

Up before the beak the woman had the charges against her dismissed because medical tests showed that she had the syndrome. Also known as gut fermentation syndrome, an excess amount of a particular type of organism in the digestive system, saccharomyces cerevisiae, a form of yeast, converts carbohydrates into alcohol. It is fairly rare, having been first identified in Japan in the 1970s. The most effective treatment is a very low carbohydrate diet.

You learn something every day!


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