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    Diagnosing Auto-Brewery Syndrome

    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.

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  • Posted by Chris on March 10, 2018, 12:37 am

    My wife is ready to leave me because she thinks I am drinking behind her back… although I am not. (Yes… I have a history). What now?

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  • Posted by Peggy Penney on May 18, 2018, 2:17 pm

    My husband and I are social drinkers, but on a day where he relaxes all day and doesn’t eat regularly, he shows these symptoms of being drunk. I have accused him of drinking and he has denied it. I almost have myself convinced that he smells of alcohol to some point. It’s very scary and I’m afraid my husband may be having mini strokes rather than ABS.

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