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What is the chemical name for wood alcohol?

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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.

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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.

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