Re: ORGLIST: info on antidote

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From: Plamen Angelov (angelov$##$argon.acad.bg)
Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 13:48:05 EDT


Fredrik Thorstensson <freto$##$ifm.liu.se> wrote:

> ## Antidote to methanol ##
> ETHANOL!
>
> If you give ordinary liquor to a methanol poisoned man, the liver will
> metabolize the ethanol first and thus will the methanol just pass the
> body. When methanol is metabolized you get formic acid and the the
> blood pH decreases until you reach dangerous levels and the victim gets
> acidos and eventually dies.
>
> So the antidote is ordinary liqour, booze, ethylalcohol, spirits,
> ethanol = CH3CH2OH.

It doesn't seem quite convincing to me. After all, most of the methanol
poisonings are caused by mixtures that contain a great deal of ethanol.



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