Backpacker Magazine – October 2010
Survival: Lost with...Only a Bottle of Whiskey
Use that bottle of whiskey to save your life!
A whiskey bottle can hung from a tree to signal for help.
Start a fire using whiskey.
Care for Cuts
Now imagine you’re injured—does the old cowboy “whiskey in the wound” method work? Modern liquor, including bourbon, clocks in at 40 percent alcohol, only half the punch of the Wild West moonshines, but it still kills topical germs, Tilton says. It might also kill healthy cells, however, and it burns like hell, making clean water a better option. Whiskey does work to sterilize instruments and to blunt pain—drinking two ounces of 90-proof George Dickel reduces pain roughly 50 percent for two hours.