The alcohol in products like Listerine is basically no different than the alcohol that goes into high-grade Vodka. I work at a plant that distills the stuff. We do lab tests on the product, and the high-grade alcohol goes to name-brand Vodka and Gin companies for them to add to their process. The low-grade alcohol goes out for Listerine and other mouthwashes. The very low-grade alcohol is sold as an industrial solvent. The different between high-grade and low grade is very superficial; it comes down to minute amounts of things like fusil oil and methanol. There isn't enough methanol in 10 bottles of Listerine to blind you, however. The difference is very minute; mostly it interferes with the fine-tuned taste of the final product of high-grade liquors. Still, many products like Listerine have bitterants in them; this makes them unpalatable. If you are determined to drink it, treat it like a fortified wine or such; if it's 21.6% alcohol, that's 43.2 proof. If you weigh 180 pounds, and consume a standard 16.9-ounce bottle of Listeine at 21.6% alcohol in one hour, you BAC will be 0.1371. That's legally drunk in my .08 state, therefore meeting your criteria.
· 1 decade ago