Drunk, But Not In The Usual Way, A Baffling Medical Mystery Unfolds Relates Austin Injury Lawyer Bobby Lee | Law Firm Newswire

Drunk, But Not In The Usual Way, A Baffling Medical Mystery Unfolds Relates Austin Injury Lawyer Bobby Lee

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2013 – Most law enforcement personnel and even lawyers would agree that if someone has a blood alcohol content of .37 that they are drunk. They may be, but not in the usual sense.

“This is quite the interesting story,” said Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober & Reyna, Austin injury lawyers. “A Texas man checked himself into his local emergency room and told the medical staff he was extremely dizzy. They tested his blood and the blood alcohol content (BAC) was .37, certainly higher than the legal limit.”

It turns out that the man’s family thought he was a closet alcoholic. He insisted he was not and had not been drinking. This story baffled medical personnel, who decided to keep him in hospital and run more tests. They began by isolating him for 24 hours and tried to get his BAC down. It shot up and down all day. On further research, it turned out the man actually had an identifiable disease, known as Auto-Brewery Syndrome.

“Auto-Brewery Syndrome, which is also referred to as Gut Fermentation Syndrome, is very rare. It produces copious quantities of intoxicating alcohol through the process of endogenous fermentation in the digestive system, and is documented in medical literature,” added Lee.

What everyone thought was a fabrication on the man’s part turned out to be the truth. He was not an alcoholic and did not drink and drive. Instead, he was suffering from a type of yeast infection caused by the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the same yeast used to brew beer.

“Usually, the yeast is found in the intestinal tract, but it has been known to migrate into the stomach. If the individual eats starchy foods, the yeast in the stomach ferments it to alcohol, a defense that has been used in some alleged drunk driving cases,” stated Lee.

While this man was clearly drunk, it was not for the usual reasons. Any case involving an alleged drunk driver should consider this particular scenario. It would likely change the outcome of the case at trial. It also clearly demonstrates that just because someone is drunk, does not mean that they are alcoholics.

Lee, Gober & Reyna
11940 Jollyville Road #220-S
Austin, Texas 78759
Phone: 512.478.8080

  • 4 Key Signs That You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
    <p>When you’ve been injured due to the actions, inactions, or behavior of a negligent person or establishment, you might wonder if you should hire a personal injury attorney. The answer is yes, because you’ll need an attorney to work on your behalf to get the compensation that you deserve. It is always in your best …</p>
    <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com/2019/09/4-key-signs-that-you-need-a-personal-injury-lawyer/">4 Key Signs That You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com">Lee Gober & Reyna</a>.</p>
  • Common Types of 18 Wheeler Truck Accident Injuries
    <p>Most drivers on the road have certain expectations when it comes to automobile accidents. It’s no surprise that accidents involving semi or 18 wheeler commercial trucks can be extremely dangerous. Personal injury lawyers in the Austin area are available to help accident victims deal with a variety of injuries. Even when fully unloaded, semi-trucks are …</p>
    <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com/2019/08/common-types-of-18-wheeler-truck-accident-injuries/">Common Types of 18 Wheeler Truck Accident Injuries</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com">Lee Gober & Reyna</a>.</p>
  • Why Car Insurance Claims Are Often Denied and How To Avoid It?
    <p>After an auto accident, you probably trust that your insurance company will take care of everything for you. Since you went with a name brand insurance company, pay your premiums each month, and try to drive safely, you haven’t considered looking into a car accident attorney. Sadly, most insurance companies are not your friends. Since …</p>
    <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com/2019/08/why-car-insurance-claims-are-often-denied-and-how-to-avoid-it/">Why Car Insurance Claims Are Often Denied and How To Avoid It?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com">Lee Gober & Reyna</a>.</p>
  • The Process of Personal Injury Claim in Austin, Texas
    <p>Part of the reason the legal process makes so many people anxious is that it’s something they rarely experience, and even when they do, they have a hard time understanding it. This is true in both civil and criminal matters and is one of the key reasons people fear lawyers the way they do. Being …</p>
    <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com/2019/07/the-process-of-personal-injury-claim-in-austin-texas/">The Process of Personal Injury Claim in Austin, Texas</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com">Lee Gober & Reyna</a>.</p>
  • How Can An Attorney Help In A Car Accident Injury Situation?
    <p>Safety is the primary concern of anyone who has been in a car accident in Austin, Texas. Bad decision making after a collision can lead to medical complications, legal jeopardy, financial disaster, and loss of driving privileges or insurance coverage. The outcome could also have a negative impact on your job and family relationships. When …</p>
    <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com/2019/07/how-can-an-attorney-help-in-a-car-accident-injury-situation/">How Can An Attorney Help In A Car Accident Injury Situation?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.lgrlawfirm.com">Lee Gober & Reyna</a>.</p>

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required