The takeaway

Although it isn't common, auto brewery syndrome is a serious disease and can impact your life. In some cases, people with auto brewery syndrome are falsely suspected of being "closet" drinkers. Like any illness, your symptoms might differ from someone else with auto brewery syndrome.

While it's been used as a defense against drunk driving a handful of times, auto brewery syndrome doesn't commonly spike your blood alcohol level over the legal limit. You may feel slightly drunk while someone else may feel like they have a hangover.

If you think you have this condition, write down any symptoms you experience. Record what you ate and what time you had signs of auto brewery syndrome. Tell your doctor immediately. Ask them to check your gut yeast levels and give you other medical tests to find out what's causing your symptoms.

Feeling "buzzed" or drunk without drinking may not sound like an important health concern. However, it can affect your well-being, safety, relationships, and job. Seek medical help urgently. Auto brewery syndrome may also be a sign of an underlying condition that is out of control.

If you've been diagnosed with auto brewery syndrome ask your doctor or nutritionist about the best diet plan for you. You will need follow-up appointments to check yeast levels, even if you’ve been treated and no longer have symptoms.