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Crazy Eddie Need a little chuckle? (21) RE: Need a little chuckle? 24 Oct 01

Night Owl asked
what is "methalated or surgical spirit"??
Methylated Spirits ("Meths") is almost 100% alcohol. Because some of the alcohol is "Methyl" rather than "Ethyl" aalcohol it wouldn't be wise to drink it, (side effects include brain damage, blindness, & death).
In the UK & Ireland it is usually coloured a sort of violet/ purple to make it quite distinctive. It can be purchased at a pharmacy or hardware shop, and is used as a cleaning solvent, de-greasing agent, antiseptic, and of course it also burns well.
Surgical spirit is also an antiseptic, obtainable from a pharmacy, but I don't know what it is made of.

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