Alcohol / Ethanol

  We are all familiar with ethanol, C2H5OH, the drug that society accepts the use of through drinks. I hope, we are also familiar with the many problems that it brings. Social problems aside, ethanol harms and damages the body as it is a toxic and a poison. The body also breaks it down as follows: C2H5OH is oxidised to CH3CHO (ethanal) which is also oxidised to CH3COOH (ethanoic acid) by an enzyme called 'alcohol dehydrogenase'. The ethanoic acid can be reacted with oxygen ...