What Is ETOH Abuse?
ETOH is an acronym that stands for ethyl alcohol, commonly referred to ethanol. This is the substance that constitutes all alcoholic beverages, and the is based on its molecular structure. Ethyl alcohol is a clear liquid absorbed by the body when one consumes an alcoholic drink.
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More specifically, however, ETOH or ethyl alcohol also refers to grain alcohol. Although many alcohols are made from grain, this phrase is most commonly used to describe alcohol that much purer than most made for human consumption.
ETOH or grain alcohol is considered to be a “neutral spirit” meaning that no flavor is added, although some may describe its taste as “medicinal” and having a chemical odor. It is extremely flammable. Besides being used for human consumption, it is also used as an antiseptic, solvent, and fuel.
Common brand names for grain alcohol include Everclear, Century, Gem Clear, and come in 95% (190 proof) and 75.5% (151 proof) versions. Also, Bacardi 151, as its name would imply, makes a 75.% clear alcohol.
Therefore, these beverages are more than twice as strong as many liquors, which often come in at around 35-40%.
Due to the strength and potential for alcohol poisoning, many states do not allow the sale of 95% grain alcohol concentrations.
That said, there is no 100% grain alcohol for human consumption because of effects during distillation – that is fractional distillate can only result in ethanol concentrations of about 96 alcohol to 4 water by weight. To increase purification, another agent such as benzene much be added, but contamination by these extra agents makes the alcohol unfit for human consumption.
That, and it goes without saying that pure alcohol is extremely toxic. There is one other method that could result in total purification, but it is not generally used due to economic reasons.grain alcohol or ETOH abuse is incredibly dangerous.
BroBible lists Everclear as the most dangerous alcoholic drink on the planet. In addition to its high toxicity (doing shots is a really, really bad idea) it is extremely flammable. While some people like to craft blow torches from alcohols such as Bacardi 151 and Everclear, others know that alcohol and fire don’t always mix.
Fires can and have erupted when cigarettes or other lighted devices come into contact with grain alcohol and can result in the tragic destruction of property and threaten human lives.
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~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology