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Urine tests can detect infection (increased nitrate, presence of bacteria and WBC). A separate test for ethanol (alcohol) can be performed (which is NOT part of routine urine testing). These are separate analytes, (chemical compounds) and would not be confused with each other. It is possible that the alcohol test gave a false positive result, where alcohol was detected, but not present. Some labs do duplicate tests for positive drug/alcohol results. Ask your doctor to find out if the test was repeated and what the results were. Laboratory instruments are tested daily with controls to be sure they're working properly, but can still give erroneous results. Laboratory personnel sometimes make mistakes too, with specimen handling or result entry. Finally, if you suspect an infection, don't ignore it!
a urinary infection... maybe. It wouldn't surprise me. Alcohol Tests are supposed to detect acohol in urine and since a urinary infection can often cause extra bacteria in urine it is very likely. I would get it checked out by a doctor.
It is not possible for a urinary infection to cause a positive alcohol test. However, it is important to do a thorough examination of the infection since the bacteria could cause the test to turn out positive.
I just gOogled "can ammonia in urine cause a positive alcohol test" and it said "yes". Ammonia in the urine is caused by a UTI or by liver or kidney damage causing the urine to have a strong ammonia smell. This could be your answer. There are 3 things you can get checked now...your urine for UTI, your liver for liver damage from the drinking before, or the kidneys perhaps from kidney stones. Good luck!