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Auto-brewery syndrome as a legal defense for a DUI

In 2000, researchers from the University of Washington's toxicology department published a paper that looked at the validity of "auto-brewery syndrome," a tactic lawyers apparently have used to get their clients off of a DUI charge.

"The concentration of ethanol in blood, breath or urine constitutes important evidence for prosecuting drunk drivers. For various reasons, the reliability of the results of forensic alcohol analysis are often challenged by the defense. One such argument for acquittal concerns the notion that alcohol could be produced naturally in the body, hence the term 'auto-brewery' syndrome. Although yeasts such as Candida albicans readily produce ethanol in-vitro, whether this happens to any measurable extent in healthy ambulatory subjects is an open question."

Unfortunately for those of you tempted to use "auto-brewery syndrome" as a defense, the researchers' had some disappointing results:

"The notion that a motorist's state of intoxication was caused by endogenously produced ethanol lacks merit."

- Via www.ncbirofl.com

 
 

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