Questioner: Is it permissible to consume medication that contains ethyl alcohol in it?
Shaykh Muhammad Baazmool (حفظهالله): I say, it behoves us to begin by making note of a number of matters:
The first is that what is forbidden (i.e. in the legislation) is alcohol due to its intoxicating effects.
Secondly, it is incorrect to state that liquor was made impermissible because it contains alcohol. Rather, the reason for the prohibition of liquor is its intoxicating effect. Based on this, it is understood that the presence of alcohol in a substance or in a drink does not necessitate that it is deemed liquor (i.e. impermissible) unless and until it is found to be intoxicating.
The Shaykh continues to further clarify this matter in detail…