Skip to comments.45 Survival Uses for Alcohol.
Posted on 01/05/2014 1:03:03 PM PST by carriage_hill
I have read that ethanol alcoholthe kind of alcohol that makes us drunkwas the first synthesized product that humans made. Originally made from honey, fruits, berries, grains, and other plants left in the sun to ferment, alcohol and its first use documented as far back as 10,000 B.C.
Historically, fermented beverages:
Acted as a substitution for water Fixed nutritional deficiencies Served medicinal purposes
Alcohol also had its place in religious ceremonies and even used as currency. Supposedly, vodka was an ingredient in early European gunpowder. And of course, people drank alcohol in order to become intoxicated.
When shopping for liquor, you will find two different numbers on the bottle. One is the percentage and one is the proof. The percentage is the amount of true ethanol alcohol content, while proof is the official government designation of how much alcohol content is in the beverage. Divide the proof in half to get the actual percentage of alcohol.
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Does anyone know if this pub has to be excerpted? If not, I can C&P it all here.
And, in a dire emergency, you can even drink it.
Purely for medicinal purposes only!
You can also make ethanol from wood.
Stock/store ‘Everclear’ in this country. Many medicinal and cooking uses, and if you can drink it-You NEEDED a drink. Trades well and beats building that still right away.
A very lively substance chemically. It can make people more attractive, less attractive, funny, not funny, pathetic, empathetic, horny, and virtually celibate. And it can even make me believe I can dance.
Powerful stuff ...
Alcohol is great for cleaning lenses. It floats the dirt off the lense so it can be blotted up with tissue or cloth, dries quickly and does not attack the glue or sealers.
Ben Franklin said that alcohol is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.
I add that ugly women are proof God wants us to exercise self-control.
You big dummy, read the article first:(
That's Methanol —
ingested in large quantities is metabolized to formic acid or formate salts, which is poisonous to the central nervous system, and may cause blindness, coma, and death.
So I wouldn't advocate drinking it.
I’d be interested to know the chemical process for #41 - drying wet clothes. Alcohol evaporates more easily than water - does it accelerate the evaporation process for H2O ?
On a (somewhat) related note.... I don’t know how correct this is, but I’ve read that one of the handier things you can keep around for emergencies is a bottle of hand sanitizer. Being 70% ethyl alcohol, it can be used for a firestarter, cleaner, etc. I’m told that if you mix salt into the stuff, the gels precipitate out and you liquid ethyl at your disposal for use as a fuel, etc.
Everybody needs a beer after a hard day of hunter/gathering.
I’ll drink to those...
Yes, methanol can be used for that too. It’s just not the same as ethanol, which can be important in a survival situation.
Plus, it’s faster than “beer goggles”.
Someone here said they were allergic to alcohol... it made them break out in handcuffs.
A bit of critical life saving information that was only recently discovered — the cause of infection and disease.
You have to be careful when distilling it from wood. It is flammable.
Also, it is a heck of a lot easier to produce. Ethanol requires fermentation and time. Lots of work.
Distilling from wood is immediate.
A Bible, a bottle of Bourbon, and a .44 ought to see anyone through any calamity.
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I have very high energy children. Active play inside just isn’t the same as going outside to play, which can’t happen because of the weather. So I’m using alcohol to survive several days of being cooped up with my kids lol!
A member from another forum I read had a German mother in law that lived through the Soviet attack and occupation of her town. To this day she has a basement filled with cases of vodka, pallets of toilet paper, and long shelf life foods.
She claimed that you could purchase anything on the black market with vodka easily. Plus the mentioned uses to sterilize wounds, purify water, and as fuel(everclear). Vodka basically is 4 parts everclear 6 parts water.
My father used cigarettes while in Germany during the occupation to purchase services, but tobacco probably isn’t the best long term storage barter material. These new nicotene vaporizers may have some use there though. As a non smoker stationed overseas, I could make a nice little profit selling my cigarette ration to the chainsmokers in the unit. Amazing what nicotene addicts will do for their fix.
That’ll work, but don’t fall asleep or you might wake-up all tied-up at a burning stake. LOL.
Over 60% alcohol (120 proof) is an effective anti-bacterial agent for sanitation, as a food preservative, to make herbal and medicinal herbal extracts (much stronger and doesn’t spoil quickly). It is also a very good solvent.
It’s traditional use was a means to put surplus crops in a high energy, compact form for transport or to keep through the winter months without spoilage.
Trade for ammunition.
The Triumvirate; works for me!
Someone once read about that beer is evil. They stopped reading.
***vodka was an ingredient in early European gunpowder. ***
Interesting. My book says urine was used, and the best urine was from a wine drinking Bishop.
blended together with urine, dried and broken up into small granules (corned powder).
I only got a C+ in HS Chemistry 101; this technical stuff is beyond my pay grade.
Lol, they’re 5, 2, and 4 months. For the older two, there is nothing like playing outside to wear them out properly. It’s been a week of bickering and fighting. I’ll take your advice though!
So, how much do you give them?
Funny story. Years ago we had a train derailment in my village. Tank cars carrying wood alcohol tumbled snd released their contents into the air. Three younger FIrefighters walked between the stopped cars to get to the station. They ingested enough of the stuff to be taken to the ER. As it turns out “ethyl alcohol.” Is the antidote. The were treated by IV and kept to a .2 BAC for three days. It was funny to see these guys so drunk. I remember them swearing off alcohol for a long time.
Lol! The older two have taken sips of beer before we could stop them. Their faces were priceless!
Now THAT is funny!
I KNEW that pic was coming, sooner or later! LOL.
Putting vodka in a small, fine-mist spray bottle is an excellent mosquito killer. It knocks them down and makes them squirm & die, and it’s not nearly as toxic for pets and kids as commercial bug sprays are. And it’s less expensive when you buy the cheap stuff that comes in plastic bottles. I refuse to drink vodka myself, because it gives me a headache. But I’m glad I found a practical use for those fifths of vodka that my grandpa stored up in the attic when he went on the wagon.
So you know these ladies too ? ;)
Actually , it was “ beer “ .
Haven’t we all, at one time or another? LOL.
I think every little kid has to try it once.
Bump for later. I learned more about booze on an earlier thread that i can’t wait to read this one in full.
“I think every little kid has to try it once. “
Yeah, I remember having a few sips as a kid when on the rare occurrence my dad would have one. I remember spitting it out most of the time. Oddly enough, somewhere around 18 I developed a keen taste for the stuff. Weird, eh?
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