The most common question about ABS I hear is
‘How does someone know they have Auto-Brewery?” The best way to know is to buy a DOT approved breathalyzer and test your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when you feel drunk. Now, if you’ve been drinking, it doesn’t count, of course, but if you haven’t had anything to drink, and your BAC is elevated, there’s definitely a problem.
If you are trying to prove you have ABS to someone else, like law enforcement, your family, etc., it may be a little harder. A primary provider (MD, Nurse Practitioner, DO, etc.) would need to admit you to a hospital for a 24 hour observation without alcohol and try and re-create the triggers that cause the drunkenness, such as a high carbohydrate diet (sugar, pasta, corn or your particular triggers). A breathalyzer may be used and/or blood would be drawn every few hours to document a rise in blood alcohol levels if it happens. Some people report episodes only every few days so it may or may not happen in the hospital. Prior to the hospital challenge, a detailed history should be taken and stool samples should be sent for yeast testing and identification.
Other symptoms of yeast overgrowth include itchy, flaky skin, toe fungus, athlete’s foot, dandruff and other signs. Many people with ABS experience gastric upset such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, belching, and/or gas.Leave a reply →