From: Fredrik Thorstensson (freto$##$ifm.liu.se)
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 06:25:28 EDT
Every hospital in the world use this technique, Ethanol treatment.
In emergency cases you have to use dialysis in combination with ethanol.
The enzyme in the body that decomposes etahnol and metahnol is Alcohol
The affinity for ethanol is much greater than for methanol, competive
inhibition is the keyword.
Pure methanol is very dangerous, in combination with etahnol you can consume
quite a lot, sometimes unscruoplus liquor pushers mix ethanol and metahnol to
make the intoxication mixture cheaper and thus increase the profit.
If not just read an ordinary medical book.
Plamen Angelov wrote:
> 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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