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A 23-year-old female asked:

Since alcohol is is a depressant, in high enough doses could it be effectively used as a general anesthetic for surgery?

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
No: Alcohol was used before an effective anesthetic (ether) was discovered but it does not provide deep anesthesia and is difficult to titrate (prevent overdose).
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Not safe: It could and it was, but it would be very unsafe.

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