What Is Alcohol?

Alcohol is any organic compound where the hydroxyl functional group (–OH) is bound to a carbon.  The term alcohol originally referred to the primary alcohol ethanol (ethyl alcohol), which is used as a drug and is the main alcohol present in alcoholic beverages.  The word "alcohol" is from the Arabic kohl (Arabic: الكحل‎, romanized: al-kuḥl), a powder used as an eyeliner.


Alcoholic Beverages

An alcoholic drink is a drink that contains ethanol, a type of alcohol produced by fermentation of grains, fruits, or other sources of sugar. The consumption of alcohol plays an important social role in many cultures. Most countries have laws regulating the production, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.


Main Types of Alcohol

  1. Isopropyl Alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol — called: isopropanol, 2-propanol, rubbing alcohol, more commonly — used to rub the poisonous substance onto surfaces, tools and human bodies for its cooling and disinfecting properties.
  2. Methyl Alcohol
  3. Ethyl Alcohol

Early Use of Alcohol

Alcohol was originally used for the very fine powder produced by the sublimation of the natural mineral stibnite to form antimony trisulfide Sb2S3.

Advertising Liquor and its Availability for Sale

7. (1) In this section,

“public service advertising” means any advertising carrying a strong message against irresponsible use of liquor where the message does not contain any direct or indirect endorsement of liquor, the brand name of liquor or of the consumption of liquor. O. Reg. 182/11, s. 5 (1).

(2) Except for public service advertising, the permit holder may advertise or promote liquor or the availability of liquor only if the advertising,

(a) is consistent with the principle of depicting responsibility in use or service of liquor;

(b) promotes a general brand or type of liquor and not the consumption of liquor in general;

(c) does not imply that consumption of liquor is required in obtaining or enhancing,

(i) social, professional or personal success,

(ii) athletic prowess,

(iii) sexual prowess, opportunity or appeal,

(iv) enjoyment of any activity,

(v) fulfilment of any goal, or

(vi) resolution of social, physical or personal problems;

(d) does not appeal, either directly or indirectly, to persons under the legal drinking age or is not placed in media that are targeted specifically at people under that age;

(e) does not associate consumption of liquor with driving a motorized vehicle, or with any other activity that requires care and skill or has elements of physical danger;

(f) does not depict motorized vehicles in motion in advertising showing the consumption of liquor, unless the motorized vehicle is a form of public transportation;

(g) does not suggest any illegal sale, illegal purchase, illegal gift, illegal handling or illegal consumption of liquor; and

(h) is in compliance with the guidelines related to advertising issued by the Registrar and published on the website of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, as they are amended from time to time. O. Reg. 182/11, s. 5 (1); O. Reg. 298/15, s. 2.

(3) Despite subsection (2), a permit holder for a private event described in paragraph 1 of section 3 shall not advertise or promote liquor or the availability of liquor. O. Reg. 182/11, s. 5.

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