Not the whole story, but enough to make note of the general differences for
1. Isopropyl alcohol, or "rubbing alcohol" - Used as a thinner/solvent in
its purer 99% form (water is generally the impurity). Poisionous if taken
2. Methanol, methyl alcohol, or wood alchol - made from wood, used as
industrial solvent/thinning agent in paint, varnish and shellac, and as
fuel. Extremely poisonous.
3. Ethanol, ethyl alcohol, or grain alcohol - Medical soporific, an
ingredient in beer, wine, spirits. Produced naturally by reaction of yeast
on sugars/starches. Used as a thinner/solvent in varnishes, etc.
4. Denatured alcohol, methylated spirits, denatured ethanol - poisonous
mixture (generally 95% Ethanol and 5% Methanol) of methyl and ethyl alcohol
with solvent and fuel properties.
Last update: 9/21/03.
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