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Alcohols are a rather diverse group of organic compounds that are characterized by the presence of a hydroxyl group, also known as alcoholic group, linked to one of the carbon atoms in the chain, which is usually a saturated one. Alcohols can be divided into two major categories, simple and higher alcohols. On one hand, where the former have a relatively simple chain structure and are known to possess inert rendering and denaturing properties, while on the other hand, the latter group of alcohols have a branched structure and usually have 10 or more carbon atoms in the main chain.
Some of the common areas where alcohols are utilized are solvent (medical drugs, perfumes and essence of edible items), anti-freeze, preservative and antiseptics to name a few