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Posted by chemstudent on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 2:26am.

Why is rubbing alcohol poisonous?

Some rubbing alcohols are made from isopropyl alcohol which you clearly can't drink, but most rubbing alcohol is made from ethanol and water which are the same ingredients in alcoholic beverages.

I hear that rubbing alcohol uses "denatured" alcohol. Is this because there are other poisonous additives present such as acetone, or is this because the actual ethanol molecules are different from those in alcoholic beverages in some way?

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