Alcohol and chemistryI am a retired scientist and have had to study chemistry although not specializing in that field. To a chemist, alcohol can be just described with a general chemical formula CnH2n+1OH. A chemist will also divide alcohol into classes, primary alcohol, secondary alcohol and tertiary alcohol. Alcohol can have many beneficial uses. In medical practices as an alcohol rub, in industries as solvent and fuel and even raw materials to manufacture other substances.
Alcohol as a beverage, health and social problemsIt is also used as a beverage, but here, we are only concerned with one type of alcohol - ethanol or grain alcohol and often just referred to as alcohol. One you never drink is methanol or wood alcohol. Drinking methanol can cause you to go blind. Ethanol is an intoxicating beverage. One can get drunk on alcohol. A person's behavior becomes unpredictable when drunk. Just recently, BBC news have a report of teenage drinking.
A Brendan Harris, just 15 years of age, was convicted of murdering 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster in a Lancashire park after drinking two litres of cider, peach schnapps and lager.