Not only is hand sanitizer not so effective in preventing the cold and flu, it also could give you false positives if you’re tested for alcohol consumption.
CBS Los Angeles reports a University of Florida study found that excessive hand sanitizer use could potentially absorb enough alcohol into bodies to fool tests.
The study, which had subjects sanitize their hands 120 times a day for three straight days to receive false positives, says health professionals who sanitize their hands several times a day could be most at risk of tests falsely identifying their alcohol use.
How often do you use hand sanitizer, and do you think it helps you stave off sickness?
Study: Excessive Hand Sanitizer Users May Fail Alcohol Test [CBS Los Angeles]