Diabetic Patients Test Positive for Ethanol

Synthesis of Ethanol by bacteria in urine may cause false identification of alcohol consumption. Scientific studies have demonstrated ethanol production from either bacteria added to urine containing glucose or urine containing yeast and glucose.

The risk of glucose in the urine of a diabetic patient is high.  Microbial fermentation of the glucose to produce ethanol is likely.  Bacterial contamination of the urine because of a urinary tract infection can occur.  Thus, the likelihood of a positive Ethanol result in the urine of an uncontrolled diabetic patient is possible.

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