What is the difference between alcohol and base?

By the Arrhenius definition of an acid and base, alcohol is neither acidic nor basic when dissolved in water, as it neither produces H+ nor OH- in solution. They are generally weak acids. Alcohols are very weak Brønsted acids with pKa values generally in the range of 15 – 20. Alcohol is amphoteric in nature i.e both acid and base. It gives H+ or OH- depending on attacking species.

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