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Incidental Exposure to Ethanol

New markers for alcohol use, ethylglucuronide (EtG), ethylsulfate (EtS) and others, have added tremendous value to routine drug testing by their capacity to better document abstinence (allowing for more authoritative advocacy) and sensitively to detect early relapse (allowing for earlier assistance). Since these new markers are highly sensitive it's important that individuals being tested try to avoid exposure to products containing alcohol that might cause positive tests. This issue is identical to that of avoiding poppy seeds, to avoid a positive test for morphine, however, there are many more products containing alcohol. Below is a list of some of these products: (Please note that this list is not exhaustive, therefore it is a good idea to check labels or with manufacturers before using.)

Possible Sources of Incidental Exposure


Desserts and other foods cooked with or containing alcoholic beverages (vodka, sherry, wine, etc)

Foods containing significant amounts of vanilla extract (especially if added to drinks, etc), wine vinegar, soy sauces, and others with alcohol content on their labels

Hygiene Products

Mouthwashes containing alcohol (Examples)
Listerine Fresh Burst 21.6%
Listerine Original 26.9%
Cepacol 14%
Scope 14.3%
PLAX 8.7%
OTC Meds (See detailed list below):
Cough syrup  
Tinctures, etc  
Prescription Medications  
Asthma Inhalers  

Prescription Drugs containing ethanol (caplets, elixirs, etc), etc

Other sources of alcohol

Communion Wine"Alcohol-free" Beer and Wine, etc

Skin exposure to ethanol where vapor can be inhaled (see below for more detailed list):

Hand sanitizers containing high concentrations of ethanol (ie Purell gel) Deodorant sprays, etc Cosmetics Insecticides Skin application meds (ie topical testosterone, etc)

Be sure to see our section on Alcohol Content of Common Over-the-Counter Medications

Some Common Products Containing Ethanol

The following is a list of products and their alcohol contents. Not all of these would actually be likely to be sources of incidental exposure and some would result in very toxic effects if there was much exposure (ie Clorox).

Brand Percent

ABIN Primer & Sealer 35

Afta After Shave Skin Conditioner 3 OZ. 5-15

Afta Pre-Electric Shave Lotions 50-60

Ajax Antibacterial Dishwashing Liquid 19 OZ. 5-10

Ajax Dishwashing Liquid Antibacterial Hand Soap 38 OZ. 1-5

Aqua Mix Laminate Plus 9 Aqua Mix Tile Plus More Cleaner-10/31/2000 9

Ariel Liquid Laundry Detergent 1-5

Armor All Odor Eliminator 3-7

Armor All Odor Eliminator-01/01/2001 1-10

Arrid Total Gel-All Scents 7-12

Avon Black Suede After Shave 60-98

Avon Black Suede Cologne Spray 60-98

Avon Clearskin Targeted Blemish Remover 9.995

Avon Dreamlife Eau de Parfum Spray 60-98

Avon Far Away Sensual Embrace Eau de Parfum Spray 60-98

Avon Ginger Scents Spray Ginger Fresh Body Mist 60-98

Avon Haiku Eau de Parfum Spray 60-98

Avon Imari Eau de Cologne Spray 60-98

Avon Intrigue Cologne Spray 60-98

Avon Lil Hugs Gentle Splash 60-98

Avon Little Black Dress Eau de Parfum Spray 60-98

Avon Memorable Eau de Parfum Spray 60-98

Avon Mesmerize for Men Cologne Spray 60-98

Avon Midnight Frost Fragrance Spray 60-98

Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion 60-98

Avon MUSK FOR BOYS 60-98

Avon NAIL EXPERTS Strong Results 21.74

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Almond 60-98

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Cucumber Melon 60-98

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Gardenia 60-98

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Lily 60-98

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Peach 60-98

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Plumeria 60-98

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Raspberry 60-98

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Sea 60-98

Avon NATURALS Body Spray, Vanilla 60-98

Avon Night Evening Magic Cologne Spray 60-98

Avon Passion Dance for Men 60-98

Avon Passion Dance for Women 60-98

Avon Perceive Eau de Parfum Spray for Women 60-98

Avon Perceive For Men Cologne Spray 60-98

Avon Pink Suede Eau de Toilette Spray 60-98

Avon Planet Spa White Tea Energizing Face and Body Mist 60-98

Avon Prospect Eau de Toilette Spray 60-98

Avon Radiant Moments Body Spray 60-98

Avon RARE GOLD Eau de Parfum Spray 60-98

Avon RARE PEARLS Eau de Parfum Spray 60-98

Avon Simply Radiant Shimmering Body Spray 60-98

Avon Vintage Cologne Spray 60-98

Avon WILD COUNTRY After Shave 60-98

Avon WILD COUNTRY Cologne Spray 60-98

Avon Wild Country Outback After Shave Lotion 60-98

Avon Wild Country Outback Eau De Toilette Spray 60-98

Bath & Body Instant AntiBacterial

Hand Gel-Freesia 60

Bay Rum After Shave Balm 30

Bold Liquid Laundry Detergent 1-5

Bravo Platinum Series Metered Air Freshener 15-25

Bulls Eye Clear Shellac 55

Cascade Crystal Clear Plus Shine Shield Rinse Agent 8.45 fl oz 3-7

Cheer Liquid Laundry Detergent 1-5

Clorox Dual Action Toilet Bowl Cleaner 1 Pt. 9 Fl. Oz. (Chambered Bottle) 1-5

Clorox Spring Mist Disinfecting Spray-Floral Fresh 18 Oz. (aerosol) 60-80

Cutter All Family Insect Repellent 2 Aerosol 35

Cutter All Family Insect Repellent Mosquito Repellent Pump Spray 39

Cutter Insect Repellent 17

Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent 1, Aloe & Vitamin E, Clean Fresh Scent 50

Cutter Unscented Backwoods Insect Repellent, Water-Resistant Sport Formula, 35 Aerosol

Cutter Unscented Backwoods Mosquito Wipes 29

Cutter Unscented Insect Repellent 37

Cutter Unscented Outdoorsman Insect Repellent II Pump Spray 44

Cutter Unscented Outdoorsman Insect Repellent, Water-Resistant Sport Formula, 20 Aerosol

DAP Easy Bond Adhesive 1.0-5.0

Dawn Manual Pot and Pan Detergent 5-10

Dawn Manual Pot and Pan Detergent (Professional Line) 5-10

Deep Woods OFF! 50-60

Deep Woods Off! Pump Spray 30-40

Dermassage Dishwashing Hand Liquid - Regular 1-5

Downy Advanced w/Wrinkle Control Fabric Softener (Clean Breeze, Mountain 1-5 Spring)

Downy Enhancer 1-5

Downy Enhancer (Invigorating Burst and Calming Mist)1-5

Downy Premium Care 1-5

Dreft Liquid Laundry Detergent 1-5

Easy Off Heat Activated Microwave Wipes 5-10

Era Liquid Laundry Deterent 1-5

Fab Color Plus Ultra Power 1-5

Farnam Cologne & Deodorant for Pets 20

Febreze Air Effects 9.7 oz Blossoms and Breeze 3-7

Febreze Air Effects 9.7 oz Citrus and Light 3-7

Febreze Air Effects 9.7 oz Spring and Renewal 3-7

Febreze Concentrated Fabric Refresher 12-17

Febreze Fabric Refresher 1-5

Fire Up II Firestarter <85 Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent 1-5

Giant Auto Dish Detergent 75 OZ BOX 1-5

Giant Pure Power Auto Dish Detergent Lemon 45 OZ BOX 1-5

Glade Fragrant Mist Country Garden 7-13

Glass Mates 4.0-6.0

Glass Mates-05/16/2000 4.0-6.0

HOUSE SAVER Pet Stain & Odor Remover 20

Invisible Shield Surface Protectant-04/11/2002 78

Ivory Snow Liquid Laundry Detergent 1-5

KimCare Instant Hand Sanitizer 60

Lady Speed Stick Clear Antiperspirant Deodorant Gel 15-20

Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash 26.9

Listerine Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash 23

Listerine Fresh Burst Antiseptic Mouthwash 23

Listermint Mouthwash 10

Loctite Crafter's All Purpose Adhesive 3-5

Loctite Fabric Glue 3-5

Loctite Outdoor Fixture Adhesive 1-5

LOreal Pumping Curls for Curly Hair 41

Lysol Brand Antibacterial Hand Gel63

Lysol Brand Disinfectant Spray, Antibacterial, Original Scent 79.0

Lysol Brand II Disinfectant Plus Fabric Refresher 12 oz 85

Lysol Brand II Disinfectant Spray-Country Scent (aerosol) 79

Lysol Brand Sanitizing Wipes-Citrus Scent 8-10

Lysol Brand Sanitizing Wipes-Spring Waterfall 52 oz 8-10

Lysol Brand Scrubbing Wipes-Orange Breeze Scent 8-12

Martin Weber Blue Label Fixatif Spray 60-70

Martin Weber Cleaning Solution 31

Mr Muscle Pot & Pan Detergent 3-7

Nair Hair Remover Kit, Cold Wax Strips Pretreatment Towelette 5-20

New-Skin Liquid Bandage 5

Nilodor Air Freshener-Floral 0.5-3.5

Nilodor Carpet Care Deodorizing Spot/Stain Remover 2-6

Nilodor Deodorizing Carpet Extractor 2-6

Nilodor Odor Neutralizer 0.5-3.5

Nilotex Carpet Care 2-6

Off Skintastic Insect Repellent for Kids 90

Off! Deep Woods for Sportsmen Insect Repellent IV, Aerosol 50-60

Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent V Spray, Unscented 50-60

Off! Skintastic IV 90-95

Old English Furniture Wipes 4-8

Oust Air Sanitizer, Outdoor Scent 60-70

Oust Bathroom Citrus Scent Fan .40 oz. 40-60

Oust Bathroom Outdoor Scent Fan 40-60

Palmolive Original Hand Dishwashing Liquid 4.3

Paul Mitchell Freeze & Shine Super Spray 60

Paul Mitchell Freeze & Shine Super Spray (New) 60

Paul Mitchell Soft Sculpting Spray Gel 20

Pine Power Disinfectant Cleaner 5.0

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer 62

Purell Instant Hand Sanit izer Dry Hands Formula 62

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer Packets 62

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer with Aloe, Moisturizers & Vitamin E 62

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer, Original 62

Purell Kids Own Berry Blast 62

Radio Shack 951 Low Residue Soldering Paste Flux 73

Radio Shack Cleaner/Degreaser 27

Radio Shack Professional Tape Head Cleaner 15-20

Rain X Marine Windshield Treatment 70-95

Rain X The Invisible Windshield Wiper 86

Rain-X Anti-Fog 70-99

Rain-X Windshield Wax 70-95

Repel Hunters' Insect Repellent with Earth Scent, 55 Percent DEET 45

Repel Insect Repellent Family Formula Spray Pump, 23 Percent DEET 44

Repel Insect Repellent Scented Family Formula Aerosol, 23 Percent DEET 48.3

Repel Insect Repellent Sportsmen Formula Spray Pump, 25 Percent DEET 55

Repel Insect Repellent Sportsmen Max Formula, 40 Percent DEET 43.7

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Lotion 10

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Spray Lotion 10

Soft Soap Hand Sanitizer - Gel 60-65

Spic and Span 10X Concentrate Disinfecting All Purpose Spray 12-25

Spic and Span Floor and Multi Surface Cleaner 0-5

Spray N Wash Laundry Stain Remover 2-3

Static Guard 70

Static Guard-01/31/2002 70-72

Survivor Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Lotion 10

TEN O SIX Medicated Deep Pore Cleanser 15

Time Mist Air Freshener W/Odor Counteractant 15-25

Ultra Downy Liquid Fabric Softener 1-5

Valspar One & Only Interior/Exterior Multi Purpose Flat Black Finish 5-10

Valspar One & Only Multi Purpose Gloss Enamel, Almond 5-10

Valspar One & Only Multi Purpose Gray Metal Primer 5-10

Viadent Advanced Care Rinse 5-10

Wet Ones Antibacterial Moist Towelettes, Citrus 9.6

Wet Ones Antibacterial Moist Towelettes, Travel Pack, Citrus 9.6

Wet Ones Antibacterial Portable Washcloths, Ultra 0-9.6

Wet Ones Kids Antibacterial Wipes, Wild Watermelon & Ballistic Berry 0-9.6

Wet Ones Moist Towelettes with Aloe, Travel Pac 0-10.5

Wet Ones Moist Towelettes with Vitamin E & Aloe 0-10.5

Wet Ones Portable Washcloths with Vitamin E & Aloe, Ultra 0-10.5

Wet Ones Ultra Portable Antibacterial Wash Cloths 9.6

Wet Ones, Antibacterial Moist Towelettes, Thick Cloths 9.6

Zep Tile and Terrazzo Cleaner 5-15

Alcohol Content of Common Over-the-Counter Medications

Ambenyl cough suppressant Forest 5
Ambenyl-D expectorant, nasal decongestant, cough suppressant Forest 9.5
Anesol oral antiseptic, anesthetic Whitehall 70
AsbronG Elixir antiasthmatic Sandoz 15
Bayer children's Cough Syrup cough suppressant, nasal econgestant Glenbrook 5
Benadryl Decongestant Elixir antihistamine Parke-Davis 5
Benadryl Elixir antihistamine Parke-Davis 14
Benylin Cough Syrup cough suppressant Parke-Davis 5
Benylin DM cough suppressant Parke-Davis 5
Bronkolixir bronchodilator, decongestant Winthrop 19
Cepacol/Cepacol Mint mouthwash, gargle Lakeside 14.5
Ce-Vi-Sol vitamin C drops (infant) Mead-Johnson 5
Cheracol D cough suppressant, decongestant Upjohn 4.75
Cheracol Plus cough suppressant, decongestant Upjohn 8
Chlor-Trimeton Allergy Syrup antihistamine Schering 7
Choedyl Elixir bronchodilator Parke-Davis 20
Colace Syrup laxative Mead-Johnson 1
Colgate Mouthwash mouthwash/gargle Colgate-Palmolive 15.3
CONTAC Nighttime antihistamine, analgesic, cough suppressant, decongestant SmithKline 25
Dilaudid Cough Syrup cough suppressant, analgesic Knoll 5
Dimetane Elixir antihistamine A. H. Robins 3
Dimetane Decongestant Elixir antihistamine, decongestant A. H. Robins 2.3
Dimetapp Elixir decongestant, antihistamine A. H. Robins 2.3
Diural Oral Suspension diuretic, antihypertensive Merck Sharp & Dohme 0.5
Donnatal Elixir antispasmodic A. H. Robins 23
Elixophyllin-Kl Elixir antiasthmatic Forest 10
Feosol Elixir iron supplement SmithKline 5
Fergon Elixir iron supplement Winthrop 7
Geriplex-FS vitamins (geriatric) Parke-Davis 18
Geritol Liquid vitamins Beecham 12
Geritonic Liquid vitamins Geriatric 20
Gevrabon vitamins Lederle 18
Hycotuss expectorant DuPont 10
I.L.XB 12 Elixir iron supplement Kenwood 8
Iberet Liquid vitamins Abbott 1
Imodium A-D anti-diarrheal McNeil 5.25
Incremin vitamins Lederle 0.75
Indocin Oral Suspension analgesic Merck Sharp & Dohme 1
Kaochlor S-F potassium supplement Adria 5
Kaon-CL 20% potassium/chloride supplement Adria 5
Kaon Elixir potassium supplement Adria 5
Kay Ciel Oral Solution potassium supplement Forest 4
Klorvess 10% Liquid potassium/chloride supplment Sandoz 0.75
Lanoxin Elixir Pediatric cardiac medication Burrougfhs Wellcome 10
Lasix Oral Solution diuretic Hoechst-roussel 11.5
Listerine Antiseptic mouthwash/gargle Warner-Lambert 26.9
Lomotil Liquid anti-diarrheal G. D. Searle & Co. 15
Lufyllin Elixir bronchodilator Wallace 20
Marax -DF Syrup bronchodilator Roerig 5
May-Vita Elixir vitamins Mayrand, Inc. 13
Mediatric Liquid estrogen replacement Wyeth-Ayerst 15
Mellaril Oral Solution antipsychotic Sandoz 3-4.2
Mestinon Syrup treatment of myasthenia ravis Roche 5
Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops decongestant Bristol 0.6
Nicotinex niacin supplement Fleming & Co. 14
Niferex Elixir iron supplement Center Labs 10
Novahistine Elixir antihistamine, decongestant Lakeside 5
Novahistine Expectorant cough suppressant, decongestant, expectorant Lakeside 7.5
Nucofed Expectorant cough suppressant, decongestant, expectorant Beecham 12.5
Nucofed Pediaric Expectorant cough suppressant, expectorant, decongestant Beecham 6
Nu-Iron Elixir iron supplements Mayrand, Inc. 10
Nystex Oral Suspension antifungal antibiotic Savage 1
Organidin Elixir expectorant Wallace 21.75
PBZ Elixir antihistamine Geigy 12
Pamelor Oral Solution antidepressant Sandoz 3-5
Peri Colace Syrup laxative Mead-Johnson 10
Permitil Oral Concentrate antipsychotic Schering 1
Phenergan Syrup Plain antihistamine Wyeth-Ayerst 7
Phenergan Syrup Fortis antihistamine Wyeth-Ayerst 1.5
Phenobarbital Elixir sedative Rosane 13.5
Polaramine Syrup antihistamine Schering 6
Poly-Histine Elixir cough suppressant Bock 4
Prolixin Elixir antipsychotic Princeton 14
Quelidrine Syrup cough suppressant Abbott 2
Robitussin expectorant A. H. Robins 3.5
Robitussin A-C cough suppressant, expectorant A. H. Robins 3.5
Robitussin CF cough suppressant, decongestant, expectorant A.H. Robins 3.5
Robitussin DAC expectorant, decongestant, cough suppressant A. H. Robins 1.9
Robitussin Night Relief analgesic, cough suppressant, decongestant A. H. Robbins 25
Robitussin PE decongestant, expectorant A. H. Robbins 1.4
Sandimmune immunosuppressant Sandoz 12.5
Scot-Tussin Sugar-Free Expectorant expectorant Scott-Tussin 3.5
Sominex Liquid sleep aid Beecham 10
Sudafed Cough Syrup decongestant Burroughs Wellcome 2.4
Tacaryl Syrup antihistamine Westwood 7.37
Tagamet Liquid ulcer medication Smith Kline & French 2.8
Tavist Syrup antihistamine Sandoz 5.5
Theo-Organidin Elixir bronchodilator, expectorant Wallace 15
Triaminic Expectorant expectorant, decongestant Sandoz 5.5
Tussar-2 cough suppressant Rorer 5
Tussar SF cough suppressant Rorer 12
Tussend cough suppressant Lakeside 5
Tussend Expectorant cough suppressant, decongestant, expectorant Lakeside 12.5
Tylenol Adult Liquid Pain Reliever analgesic McNeil 7
Tylenol Cold Medication Liquid analgesic, decongestant, cough suppressant, antihistamine McNeil 7
Tylenol with Codeine Elixir analgesic McNeil 7
Vicks Daycare Liquid decongestant, analgesic, expectorant, cough suppressant Richardson-Vicks 10
Vicks Formula 44 cough suppressant, antihistamine Richardson-Vicks 10
Vicks Formula 44D cough suppressant, decongestant Richardson-Vicks 10
Vicks Formula 44M cough suppressant, decongestant, analgesic Richardson-Vicks 20
Vicks Nyquil decongestant, cough suppressant, antihistamine, analgesic Richardson-Vicks 25