What Is the Alcohol Content of Regular Cough Syrup?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 2, 2020 3:44:40 PM ET

Many cough syrups contain 1.4 to 5 percent alcohol. A few cough syrups contain significantly more alcohol, 10 to 40 percent. Alcohol is often included in cough syrups because it is thought to help suppress the cough reflex.