45+ Survival Uses For Alcohol

1I 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 Originally made from honey, fruits, berries, grains, and other plants left in the sun to ferment, alcohol and its first use documented as far back as 10,000 B.C.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.SOAC_031_728x90

As a fuel

Ethanol burns to give carbon dioxide and water and can be used as a fuel in its own right, or in mixtures with petrol (gasoline). “Gasohol” is a petrol / ethanol mixture containing about 10 – 20% ethanol.

Easy Ice Pack
Handy rubbing alcohol ice packs can be made by combining one part rubbing alcohol with two parts water in a zip lock freezer bag. Voila! The rubbing alcohol prevents the bag from freezing solid. Ready for emergencies or maybe just the morning after the big office party. Good to be prepared!

Use number six: Molotov cocktail for zombie and other hostile elimination.

The term proof comes from 18th century distillers. To prove the correct alcohol content in their distilled beverages, they added gunpowder. If it did not ignite, there was not enough alcohol. If it burned blue, they declared the alcohol 100 percent proof, or 50 percent ethanol alcohol.

Liquor has its place in a post-apocalyptic world even if you are a teetotaler. Stock up on cheap, high-alcohol content liquors and add it to your long-term food and gear storage. The best liquor for its many different purposes is Everclear. Everclear, made by Luxco, is pure grain alcohol. You can purchase Everclear in 95 percent alcohol content or 75.5 percent. The higher alcohol content is more popular and more effective for survival use. Everclear is illegal in Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and banned in Chicago (of course.) If you live in a state that restricts the sale of Everclear, you may substitute high-proof vodka. Of course, after SHTF and no laws exist you can start moonshining.

If you choose an alcohol other than vodka or Everclear, such as whiskey or gin, purchase at least 70 proof or higher. This ensures the alcohol will burn.

To store alcohol—Everclear, vodka, whiskey, brandy, gin, or rum—purchase glass bottles. These liquors will store indefinitely in the right conditions. Keep your alcohol in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Keep the bottles upright and do not open them. Once opened, the liquid will evaporate and lose its flavor after six to eight months.

Here are other 45 survival uses of alcohol

  1. Fire starter
  2. Barter and trade
  3. Alleviate boredom
  4. Calm anxiety
  5. Sleep aide
  6. Molotov cocktail
  7. Antiseptic for wounds
  8. Sterilize needles, tweezers and other instruments
  9. Disinfect questionable water
  10. Relieve poison ivy
  11. Kill odors
  12. Refresh clothing
  13. Bug repellent and killer
  14. Surface cleanser
  15. Anesthetic for tooth pain
  16. Lamp fuel
  17. Make herbal tinctures and elixirs
  18. Facial astringent and toner
  19. Topical treatment
  20. Clean skin before an injection
  21. Fuel for vehicles
  22. Stove fuel
  23. Gun cleaner
  24. Solvent
  25. Mouthwash
  26. Rust prevention
  27. Clean optic glass
  28. Clear congestion and sinuses
  29. Stop the itch of bug bites
  30. Fire accelerant
  31. Numbing agent
  32. Starter fluid for IC engines
  33. Hygienic soak for razor blades and brushes
  34. Weed killer
  35. Chemically cook food
  36. Deodorant
  37. Make perfume
  38. Clean electronics
  39. Kill mold
  40. Remove stains
  41. Dry wet clothing
  42. Break the bottle and use the glass shards as a weapons and cutting tool
  43. Cough suppressant (warmed whiskey mixed with honey and lemon works best)
  44. Help repopulate
  45. Muscle relaxer

If you can think of any more, feel free to comment below.liberty2


 

This article was originally published on CheaperThanDirt.com

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