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45 Survival Uses for Alcohol.
CTD's The Shooter's Log ^ | 7/13/2013 | CT Suzanne

Posted on 01/05/2014 1:03:03 PM PST by carriage_hill

I have read that ethanol alcohol—the kind of alcohol that makes us drunk—was 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 Originally made from honey, fruits, berries, grains, and other plants left in the sun to ferment, alcohol and its first use documented as far back as 10,000 B.C.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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Health/Medicine; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: alcohol; preppers; survival
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A slightly old article from CTD's blog (NOT mine!), but I'm sure FReepers can add a few uses to the author's 45. Heh.
1 posted on 01/05/2014 1:03:03 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: Kartographer

Ping to alcohol use.


2 posted on 01/05/2014 1:03:44 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Does anyone know if this pub has to be excerpted? If not, I can C&P it all here.


3 posted on 01/05/2014 1:05:03 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Help Repopulate??

LOL????


4 posted on 01/05/2014 1:06:08 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: carriage_hill

And, in a dire emergency, you can even drink it.


5 posted on 01/05/2014 1:06:10 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

Purely for medicinal purposes only!


6 posted on 01/05/2014 1:06:54 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: carriage_hill

You can also make ethanol from wood.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 1:09:08 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: carriage_hill; et al

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.


8 posted on 01/05/2014 1:10:07 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ?....... Enforce the Bill of Rights................................ It's the LAW !!!)
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To: carriage_hill
"Ethanol alcohol" is redundant. It's either "ethanol" or "ethyl alcohol."

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 ...

9 posted on 01/05/2014 1:10:16 PM PST by IronJack
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To: carriage_hill

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.


10 posted on 01/05/2014 1:10:44 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: KosmicKitty
Help Repopulate??

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.

11 posted on 01/05/2014 1:11:30 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Lion Den Dan

You big dummy, read the article first:(


12 posted on 01/05/2014 1:13:30 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: dhs12345
You can also make ethanol from wood.

That's Methanolingested 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.

13 posted on 01/05/2014 1:14:06 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: carriage_hill

1. Drinking
...
45. Drinking


14 posted on 01/05/2014 1:15:09 PM PST by EEGator
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To: carriage_hill

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.


15 posted on 01/05/2014 1:15:56 PM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: carriage_hill

Everybody needs a beer after a hard day of hunter/gathering.


16 posted on 01/05/2014 1:16:06 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: OneWingedShark
No. I was thinking for sterilization. Plenty of wood out there and treating and sterilizing injuries and wounds is important.
17 posted on 01/05/2014 1:17:37 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: EEGator

I’ll drink to those...


18 posted on 01/05/2014 1:17:41 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: dhs12345

Yes, methanol can be used for that too. It’s just not the same as ethanol, which can be important in a survival situation.


19 posted on 01/05/2014 1:18:59 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: IronJack

Plus, it’s faster than “beer goggles”.


20 posted on 01/05/2014 1:19:07 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Someone here said they were allergic to alcohol... it made them break out in handcuffs.


21 posted on 01/05/2014 1:22:25 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: OneWingedShark
Yup.

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.

22 posted on 01/05/2014 1:25:19 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: OneWingedShark

Also, it is a heck of a lot easier to produce. Ethanol requires fermentation and time. Lots of work.

Distilling from wood is immediate.


23 posted on 01/05/2014 1:33:50 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: carriage_hill

A Bible, a bottle of Bourbon, and a .44 ought to see anyone through any calamity.


24 posted on 01/05/2014 1:36:35 PM PST by Edward Teach
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To: carriage_hill






"Freedom and Whisky gang thegither."



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

25 posted on 01/05/2014 1:37:14 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: carriage_hill

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!


26 posted on 01/05/2014 1:37:34 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people's than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Tailback

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.


27 posted on 01/05/2014 1:38:39 PM PST by Tailback
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To: goodwithagun

That’ll work, but don’t fall asleep or you might wake-up all tied-up at a burning stake. LOL.


28 posted on 01/05/2014 1:40:09 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

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.


29 posted on 01/05/2014 1:40:29 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: carriage_hill

Trade for ammunition.


30 posted on 01/05/2014 1:40:46 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Edward Teach

The Triumvirate; works for me!


31 posted on 01/05/2014 1:42:58 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: miss marmelstein; carriage_hill

Someone once read about that beer is evil. They stopped reading.


32 posted on 01/05/2014 1:46:32 PM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: carriage_hill

***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.
Saltpetre
Sulfur
charcoal.
blended together with urine, dried and broken up into small granules (corned powder).


33 posted on 01/05/2014 1:48:00 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: DemforBush

I only got a C+ in HS Chemistry 101; this technical stuff is beyond my pay grade.


34 posted on 01/05/2014 1:50:23 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

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!


35 posted on 01/05/2014 1:50:54 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people's than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

So, how much do you give them?


36 posted on 01/05/2014 2:01:44 PM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: KosmicKitty

Beer Goggles....


37 posted on 01/05/2014 2:02:58 PM PST by baddog 219
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To: carriage_hill

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.


38 posted on 01/05/2014 2:04:05 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: metalurgist

Lol! The older two have taken sips of beer before we could stop them. Their faces were priceless!


39 posted on 01/05/2014 2:15:59 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people's than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: UB355

Now THAT is funny!


40 posted on 01/05/2014 2:16:17 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Lion Den Dan
good thing to know. I wonder how many freepers know how to make white lightening...my dad, born in 1901 could make anything into alcohol. We always had a big jug of cider full of raisins and a gizmo on top to let the fumes (I think that what it was for) out so it didn't blow up. That made hard cider. He and his buddy, who just happen to be the sheriff of Sugar Island would go up there, make a still and bring a few gallons of “stuff” for drinking. To age the “stuff” they tied a barrel of liquor onto the back of Chets boat and run the St Marys river (always rough and separated the US from Canada) and said they did that to age the shine. His generation knew how to make anything into booze. He passed in 1988. That generation took a lot of knowledge with them when they passed away. He talked about his dad making his own salve to stop bleeding when they castrated all the pigs. A good cough medicine was equal parts of whiskey, lemon and honey. It did the job when my kids were small. You only gave a teaspoon for kids and a tablespoon for adults, but had to shake it up good before taking to mix all the ingredients that had a tendency to separate. Had another medication but needed creosote and the drug store was out of it and wasn't going to order more. (back when drug stores were just drug stores and magazines) In my area it was Rexall drugs...
41 posted on 01/05/2014 2:18:11 PM PST by goat granny
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To: carriage_hill
Always thought it was to make women look better at closing time.
42 posted on 01/05/2014 2:35:06 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: piroque

I KNEW that pic was coming, sooner or later! LOL.


43 posted on 01/05/2014 2:38:16 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

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.


44 posted on 01/05/2014 2:39:24 PM PST by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy)
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To: carriage_hill

So you know these ladies too ? ;)


45 posted on 01/05/2014 2:40:52 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: OneWingedShark

Actually , it was “ beer “ .


46 posted on 01/05/2014 2:52:03 PM PST by sushiman
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To: piroque

Haven’t we all, at one time or another? LOL.


47 posted on 01/05/2014 2:56:15 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: goodwithagun
The older two have taken sips of beer

I think every little kid has to try it once.

48 posted on 01/05/2014 2:57:24 PM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: carriage_hill

Bump for later. I learned more about booze on an earlier thread that i can’t wait to read this one in full.


49 posted on 01/05/2014 3:49:12 PM PST by mcshot ("What's right is right"...)
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To: metalurgist

“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?


50 posted on 01/05/2014 4:11:05 PM PST by FAA
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