Hand Sanitizer May Lead to Positive Urine Tests for Alcohol

Posted By Thomas V. Wallin || 25-May-2011

Testing positive for alcohol consumption even if you haven't had a lick of alcohol? It is possible! A new recent study shows that individuals who utilize products that contain alcohol may test positive in a urine test. 

According to an article on MSNBC, frequent use of Purell hand sanitizer, which contains 62% ethyl alcohol, may lead to issues for those who are required to undergo regular drug tests.    A new recent study followed participants as they applied hand sanitizer to their hands every 5 minutes for 10 hours a day for three days which ended up being the equivalent of about 4 ounces.    Unlike an alcohol breathalyzer test that measures the amount of alcohol on your breath, which can dissipate after a few hours, a urine test is usually more accurate and can pick up any type of alcohol, even the kind found in hand sanitizers.

If you have been arrested for a recent driving under the influence charge, contact our California DUI Defense Lawyers today so that we can investigate your case and ensure that you receive the best representation. 

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