Breaking the Alcohol Habit
The industry has become addicted to IPA, but help is on hand for those that want to break this pernicious habit.
At one time isopropyl alcohol was seen as a miracle product. Press manufacturers trumpeted the benefits of their alcohol dampening systems, much as cigarette smoking was promoted as a means of alleviating the airways or Prozac was marketed as the ultimate sunshine pill. As a wetting agent, IPA helped the litho action by spreading water across the printing plate and expanded the window where the litho process was under control.