I read from a source that alkyl halides and alcohols cannot be differentiated by the Victor Meyer test. It says that both react similarly with the reagents and form the same products. Is this correct, and if so what are the reactions for alkyl halides.
You could be correct if your alkyl halides to be ditinguished are 1,2,3 degree alkyl IODIDES.
Because we ultimately are converting 1,2,3 degree alcohols into IODIDES in step-I; followed by reactions with NaNO2/HCl and then NaOH.
He had a valid point, when he said "alkyl halides and alcohols are said to react in the same way with the reagents used for Victor Meyer test"