Asked by: R P Whitehurst, By Email
Yes, although the quantities are normally quite small. Hand sanitiser gel is usually about 62 per cent ethanol or propan-1-ol. This is only about 50 per cent more concentrated than gin and you only use a few millilitres at most to wash your hands. In addition, alcohol is very volatile and nearly all of it will evaporate before it is absorbed. I can find no reports in the medical literature of alcohol intoxication from normal use of sanitizer gel.