Why Does Alcohol Burn

There are usually two kinds of alcohol: the hydroxide group and the polyol group, the former containing ONE oxygen atom whereas the latter having more than one. Further, there are numerous sub-groups. Fundamentally, an alcohol as a substance is a hydroxyl based organic compound in which a carbon atom is bonded with an alkyl group. Today ethanol is not only used in making hair sprays and cologne but also largely the alcoholic drinks.

Sources of alcohol

Alcohol is a naturally occurring organic compound. The mechanism of natural production of alcohol is ‘fermentation’, a process in which yeast acquires glucose from plants and liberates alcohol. The same mechanism is operating behind the production of cheese and bread-making.

Alchohol Why Does Alcohol Burn

The democratization of alcohol in human population dates back to thousands of years ago for a range of purposes. The earliest signs of wine brewing have been found in Turkey some 8,000 years ago as part of religious / cultural rites. However, in the recorded history, wine seems to be in vogue around 12th c AD.

Uses of alcohol

Alcohol is a widely used compound. One of the most widely acknowledged use of alcohol has been that of its drinking for hundreds of thousand years. It is being heavily employed in beverage industry, fuel, and medical sectors. Both methanol and ethanol are used as alcoholic fuel. When an internal combustion engine is operated on alcoholic fuel, the air is produced which gets pressurized and cooled. The air so generated is thin and acquires charge whose transmission results in generation of electricity.

Having relatively less toxic element, alcohol is largely employed as solvent in chemical industry, esp. that of drug and perfume industry, in view of the end user who mostly happens to be a domestic person or a recovering patient.

Why alcohol burns

When applied to outer skin, alcohol dissolves the lipid based cell membrane and kills a thin film of skin cells. That is how we feel the so called BURNING SENSATION when alcohol comes in contact with exposed (peeled off) part of skin.

Our skin has a number of films of dead cells. Actually the cells are killed in the process when alcohol acts on the skin; it forces the water molecules off the cell membrane hence rendering them dried up. Resultantly we experience intermittent bouts of hot and cold sensation at the exposed part of the skin.

A strongly polarized hydroxide (OH) molecule of alcohol pulls partially polar molecule of water. Or it may be that VR1 receptors in our skin take alcoholic sensation as heat. In simpler terms, alcohol makes us experience less pain when administered orally.

Effects of alcohol on the human body

When an alcoholic drink is taken in reasonable limits, it brings about energetic effects, such as a relatively shy person may initiate an interaction. This must be owing to the increased rate of metabolism as its effects are told on brain that mobilizes certain inactive zones of body, such as in the given case it stimulates the cortex of brain of an otherwise reluctant person who happens to switch to a healthy discussion under the effects.

An exceeding alcohol intake may disturb liver functioning in addition to have an increased risk of contracting an unlikely cancer. Categorically, it may cause following ailments: -

  • Liver cirrhosis,
  • Poor memory,
  • Heart ailments,
  • Diabetes.

Some have mentioned that alcohol aided in the translation of ideas to their pen —an emotionally discharged writing. However, so far as the sobriety is related in sensible writing, there is no substantial evidence collected so far.

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