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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2007, vol. 13, book 1
Subject Collection: Medicine
Page: 98
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2007131.98
Online date: December 12, 2007

J of IMAB 2007; 13(1):98
Yulichka Sabeva1, Petko Marinov2, Sneza Zlateva2, Mariana Koleva1
1) Toxico-chemical Laboratory, Naval Hospital - Varna, Bulgaria
2) Department of Toxicology, Naval Hospital - Varna, Bulgaria.

Ethyl alcohol – spirit for technical designation, denatured is used mostly as dissolving agent in chemical industry and in the everyday life as a spirit for burning. It consists of 95 % ethyl alcohol to which different substances are added and coloring agents to become not fit to drink. For the chemical industry the most often used substances are – methyl alcohol (5 –10%); pyridine bases (0.5 %); benzol (5-10%); chloroform (5%); acetone (10%), petrol (1%) and many others.
The spirit for burning in the household is denatured with methyl alcohol (3-4%) or pyridine (0.25%) and is indicated with the coloring agent methyl-violet which gives it a special blue-violet color. According to the state standards the spirit for burning has to contain not less than 94.5% ethyl alcohol and not more than 1 % methyl alcohol as denaturizing agent.

Key words: ethyl alcohol, methyl alcohol, acute poisoning,

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Sabeva Y, Marinov P, Zlateva S, Koleva M. Denatured alcohol as a frequent source of methanol intoxication. J of IMAB. 2007; 13(1):98. doi: 10.5272/jimab.2007131.98

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