To use alcohol as a pain killer, what kind of wounds are you talking here?
Orally, (40% or 80 'Proof')
To help someone sleep that is battered or bruised AFTER you were sure the bleeding had stopped and there were no internal injuries.
Broken limbs after the bone had been set and you were sure the bleeders had clotted, about 12 hours after setting a broken bone you should be OK.
Sore muscles from lots of work, a shot or two will help you sleep.
Topically, 50% (100 'Proof'),
Ethel Alcohol works as a topical anesthetic, somewhat numbing surfaces where it comes into contact...
Like holding a shot glass that was about 1/4 or 1/2 full over a cut or skin puncture (after the blood has clotted) to numb down the area for stitches.
Ice would actually work better and would have less side effects, but if Alcohol was all you had.
Alcohol and water mix (about 50/50, or 100 'Proof' will help evaporation and cool skin in the event of fevers.
What is an instance where you would use it on new skin?
Burns, wide open cuts, ect.
If you have to use it as an antiseptic in the event of broken skin that hasn't closed or clotted,
Water it down to about 20% (40 'Proof') with clear water and use it sparingly.
What other kind of rashes besides Poisen Ivy?
Any kind of rash that 'Weeps' or is reactive to heat.
'The old 'Heat Rash' can be treated with nothing more than watered down alcohol,
Hives come to mind.
I'm allergic to bee stings, and I get the hives something awful.
A weak alcohol/water mixture evaporates off the skin very quickly and give a real cooling effect, plus the alcohol helps stop the histamine reaction in the skin, shrinking the 'Hives' rash.
Any rash that is caused by something on the skin.
Alcohol is a powerful solvent, and it will remove the offending substance VERY EFFICIENTLY!
That's why it's so great with Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, ect.
Not only does the Alcohol clean the offending substance off the skin,
It cools the skin,
Disinfects the skin where the blisters/bumps are,
Works as a mild anesthetic,
Slows the histamine reaction,
Dries out any 'Welts' or 'Blisters' on the skin...
And if you have ever had a REALLY bad case of poison ivy, you KNOW what I'm talking about when I say 'Welts' or 'Blisters'!
Something else that comes to mind,
A 10% mix of Alcohol, 10% mix of White Vinegar, and 80% clean water make a GREAT ear cleaner for after you have been swimming!
If you know a kid with frequent ear infections, or someone that gets 'Swimmers Ear' often, you might pass that on.
'Wood Alcohol' or grain alcohol will work for that too.
How it works is,
Alcohol, 10 or even 20% will dry out the ear canal.
10% acidic vinegar will make a most inhospitable place for bacteria to live!
Works great and I use it after scuba diving, since when you scuba, the water is often forced into the middle ear under pressure, and there it will stagnate and create an infection if you don't treat it.
Haven't had 'Swimmers Ear' since I started using the 10/10/80% mix, not one time!
Small sips of high 'Octane' (50% or 100 'Proof') followed by a quick, deep breath will knock loose mucus in the bronchial tubes.
The 'Rattling Chest' and 'Goober' that won't move from the back of your throat... A little in the mouth, just enough to vaporize, then inhale sharply, and I guarantee you WILL hack that crap up!
Like I've said before, it's a powerful solvent and astringent (crud cutter), and that goes for 'Bio Crud' too!
And everyone should know about the 'Hot Toddie' when you are stuffed up, achey, shaky and generally miserable.
Just not feeling good with a cold or flu and congestion.
A shot or two in hot cider with cinnamon or mint and sugar will make you feel MUCH better, and will help you sleep.
First, the alcohol and hot water/cider in the drink will help knock loose the mucus so you breathe better,
Alcohol on the back of the throat will work as an anesthetic and help with the raw/scratchy feeling,
It also works as an antiseptic so if you have raw, inflamed throat, it will kill of MILLIONS of the bacteria or viruses in the back of your throat on the way down!,
The alcohol absorbed in the blood stream will open capillarities on the skin, so you feel warmer and/or less feverish,
Cinnamon or Mint will help keep your stomach from getting upset from strong drink and the mucus drainage that is headed that way,
Alcohol in the gut will kill off MILLIONS more of the bacteria or virus that are working on you, maybe shortening the length, or decreasing the viral load in your body so the symptyoms lighten up and the 'Flu' isn't so severe!...
And finally, alcohol relaxes you so you can sleep.
AND, A lot of people say they won't drink 'Booze',
Or they won't give alcohol to kids,
But if you take a look at the ingredients closely on the 'Cold Remedy' bottles, you will find they are up to 40% alcohol! (80 'Proof', same as most vodka & whiskey sold in this country!)
Take an aspirin or other OTC pain reliever with your 'Hot Toddie' and you just out preformed that expensive, nasty tasting crap from the store!
The ONLY warning I have for you is,
DO NOT TAKE ALCOHOL AND TYLENOL (Acetaminophen) TOGETHER!
That is just BRUTAL hard on your liver!
NEVER, EVER MIX TYLENOL (Acetaminophen) AND ALCOHOL, and NEVER TAKE TYLENOL FOR A HANGOVER!