Too Much Hand Sanitizer Can Skew Alcohol Test

It can be absorbed into the body, leading to a false reading
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2011 3:23 PM CDT
Go easy if you've got an alcohol screening, a new study suggests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Germophobes take note: If you use a lot of hand sanitizer, you might fail an alcohol screening, reports CBS Los Angeles. People who use sanitizer multiple times times a day can absorb small amounts of alcohol into their bodies, according to a University of Florida study. Those who use sanitizer just a few times a day are safe, but doctors, nurses, and other professionals who are constantly disinfecting might keep in mind the possibility of a false positive, says the lead author. (Read more hand sanitizer stories.)

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