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What is auto-brewery syndrome?

As a motorist, you are probably aware of the repercussions you could face if you decide to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel. What you may not realize, however, is that there are a number of conditions and situations that may affect the results of the breath test authorities typically use to assess your level of impairment. While some who are arrested for drunk driving have had the charges dropped after demonstrating their breath test results were affected by electronic interference, bodily functions or certain medications, another explanation that has become increasingly common is known as auto-brewery syndrome.

Factors that impact the accuracy of a breathalyzer test

Seeing those flashing blue lights in your rearview window is never fun, but it can lead to quite a serious situation if authorities believe you have ingested alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. If you are pulled over and a law enforcement official suspects you are under the influence of alcohol, he or she will likely give you a breathalyzer test to determine if you have imbibed, and if so, to what extent. A Driving Under the Influence charge can prove damaging financially as well as emotionally, and the latter is particularly true if you genuinely were not drinking alcohol prior to being pulled over.

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