How do you test the presence of methanol?

How do you test the presence of methanol?Methanol does not respond to the iodoform test. In fact, the test is given by ethanol and those alcohols which possess -hydroxymethyl group or -CH(OH)- group or carbonyl compounds having acetyl functionality. Methanol can be detected by the oil of wintergreen test. In this test, 1-2 ml of methanol along with few crystals of salicylic acid are treated with concentrated sulphuric acid in a test tube which is then gently heated. A characterstric smell of oil of wintergreen (Iodex type) is obtained due to the formation of methyl salicylate.

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