31 Dec '15, 12pm

Drink driving charges dropped for woman whose body turns food into alcohol.

Drink driving charges have been dropped against a woman in New York because of an unusual defence: Her stomach is a "brewery". The defendant's lawyer, Joseph Marusak argued that his client had gut fermentation syndrome, also known as auto-brewery syndrome, reports said. It is a rare condition where the digestive system has high levels of yeast and converts high carbohydrate food into alcohol. While others with the syndrome have been diagnosed because they became drunk without drinking alcohol, Mr Marusak said that his client have never felt tipsy and thus was not aware she had the syndrome. The woman was pulled over for erratic driving on Oct 11, 2014, when a breathalyser test measured her blood alcohol content at 0.33 per cent, news agency UPI said. The legal threshold for drunkenness in New York is 0.08 per cent. Police said she admitted to drinking three cocktails earli...

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