Is paracetamol an alcohol?

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I was recently looking back at my AS chemistry book and I stumbled across the displayed formula for paracetamol and it has an "OH" group plus it has an "ol" at the end of its name so I think technically it is. Any experts around to confirm this? Thanks


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I was recently looking back at my AS chemistry book and I stumbled across the displayed formula for paracetamol and it has an "OH" group plus it has an "ol" at the end of its name so I think technically it is. Any experts around to confirm this? Thanks


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Yeah although I would call it a phenol as the OH is attached to an benzene ring rather than an aliphatic carbon.
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Yeah although I would call it a phenol as the OH is attached to an benzene ring rather than an aliphatic carbon.
Oh yeah why didn't I notice that, I just spent 5 mins convincing my Muslim friend that she technically takes alcohol whenever she takes paracetamol, I feel so stupid now lol


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Yep it is. Like "Illusionz" said, it contains on OH group on a benzene ring, so it is known as a phenol. I always remember it is as an al-cohol being attached to an al-iphatic compound, hence the difference between phenol and alcohol.
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Oh yeah why didn't I notice that, I just spent 5 mins convincing my Muslim friend that she technically takes alcohol whenever she takes paracetamol, I feel so stupid now lol


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All phenols are alcohols, but calling it a phenol is just a little more specific as the reactivity of phenol is different to ethanol, for example.
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Oh yeah why didn't I notice that, I just spent 5 mins convincing my Muslim friend that she technically takes alcohol whenever she takes paracetamol, I feel so stupid now lol


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Mega LOL!!
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