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Hi, my father is drinking listerine, but when ever questioned

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Hi, my father is drinking listerine, but when ever questioned about he denies it, can a urine or blood test confirm the abuse?
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Listerine has menthol oils, thymol, methyl salicylate, eucalyptol and ethyl alcohol, usually 21%.

Other then the alcohol, none of these compounds are tested for in any medical laboratory.

It is possible that a research lab, a government lab such as the CDC or NIH or a criminal lab such as the FBI or CIA could manage to test for these other ingredients. But, as you can image this is something that would not be available to you or your fathers doctors.

So. What is the take home message? I do not thing testing for listerine consumption is possible.

I realized that this was not the answer you were hoping to hear but it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information.
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