Alcohol


Methanol Toxicity

Methanol, sometimes called wood alcohol, is the simplest of the class of chemicals chemists call alcohols.  Ethanol, the spirit many enjoy in beer, wine, and cocktails, is closely related.  Both can be made naturally when yeast ferment the natural chemicals in grains and fruits.  And like all chemicals, both can be toxic when you are exposed to too much.  But, when you consume methanol, the way your body metabolizes it makes it much more toxic than ethanol.  Methanol poisonings were common during the Prohibition Era of the 1920’s and 30’s because methanol was ...

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