The chemical name of wood alcohol is methyl alcohol. Wood alcohol is also called methanol and carbinol. Ingesting wood alcohol can cause harmful effects, such as blindness, and even death.
Methanol has been researched as a possible fuel to run vehicles. This compound comes from biomass, natural gas and coal. Methanol blended with gasoline creates a cleaner fuel than pure gasoline. Vehicles also perform better with this methanol/gasoline hybrid. Because methanol comes from renewable resources, it won't run out. Another benefit of exploring methanol as a fuel option is that it can be used to make hydrogen for hydrogen fuel cells. Some drawbacks of methanol are that it's less fuel efficient and costs more than gasoline.