Alcohol for infected throat

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by mountainhare, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. mountainhare Banned Banned

    When I have a bad throat, I've noticed that a bit of alcohol seems to help quite a bit (got this advice from a family member). Some of my friends (some whose throats were so sore, that they couldn't speak) also swear that alcohol seems to be a great way to dull the pain of a sore throat.

    However, every web site I've come across says that alcohol does the exact opposite, and makes a sore throat worse!

    Not only does that contradict personal experience, but common sense as well. Wouldn't alcohol not only act as an antiseptic, but also as an anaesthetic and relaxant?
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  3. CharonZ Registered Senior Member

    No, most bacteria survive the low concentrations of alcohol. A number of them even metabolize it. In order to kill off bacteria you'd have to drink copious amounts of ~70-80 % (v/v) alcohol. Not very healthy.
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  5. orcot Valued Senior Member

    alcohol loosens the tongue and dulls pain... That's a new one
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  7. Itseemstome Registered Senior Member

    Gargle with olive oil. As long as you get it deep enough it cures the most vicious sore throat in about 20 seconds. If it doesn't, see the quack.
  8. draqon Banned Banned

    I agree, when I had infection in my throat alcohol helped greatly. I drank 14% alcohol red wine, it saved me!

    This is what helped my throat:
    1) red wine
    2) red pepper...spicy food
    3) warm milk with dissolved honey

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  9. phonetic stroking my banjo Registered Senior Member

    I thought you didn't drink, draqon? Tut tut.

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    Cocaine numbs the throat. Maybe a little extreme though.

    When I had tonsilitis I gargled salt water and sucked lots of throat numbing strepsils. Ignore the guidelines and suck the packet 'til you can't feel anything. Alcohol is good in the short term, but you need to keep topping your glass up. The next day your throat is usually worse. Vicious cycle for a few days until it goes away!
  10. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    We always gargle with warm salt water too.
  11. Zorlac Registered Member

    Don't forget Zinc.

    Zinc has wonderful healing properties.

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