Auto-brewery syndrome (ABS), also known as gut fermentation syndrome, is a rare condition in which the body produces alcohol internally due to the fermentation of carbohydrates by gut microorganisms.
The disease theory is similar to the pathophysiology of chronic candida/Candida-Related Complex. That is, the patient takes antibiotics for an extended period, their gastrointestinal flora is affected, and the flora then produces waste products that are harmful. Specifically, alcohol. In the case of CRC, the waste product produced in the gut is not alcohol, but Dr. Orian Truss wrote a paper suggesting the chemical is acetaldehyde, a substance involved in causing a "hangover" after drinking alcohol. I have often described my own symptoms as being closest to having a hangover.
Below are some prominent articles on the topic. These articles provide an overview of auto-brewery syndrome, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. They also discuss the challenges associated with this rare condition and some case studies of patients affected by it.
- "A Case of Auto-Brewery Syndrome Successfully Treated with Micafungin" - Journal of Clinical Medicine
- "Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Ethanol Pseudotoxicity in Diabetic and Hepatic Patients" - Journal of Clinical Medicine
- "Auto-brewery Syndrome", 2022 review article from StatPearls
- "The Auto-Brewery Syndrome: A Perfect Metabolic 'Storm' with Clinical and Forensic Implications" - Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2021.
- "Man details symptoms of auto-brewery syndrome, where his body makes alcohol" - Today Show, March 30, 2023.
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