Alcohols containing more than 1 C atom are prepared by the reaction of CO with H2 under raised temperature and pressure, with intermediate formation of MeOH. A catalyzer for the synthesis of MeOH is present together with an alkali salt of a fatty acid. Thus, the CO and H2 form CH3OH, which then with KOH forms CH3OK. This, with more CO forms CH3COOK and this, finally with H2 forms C2H3OH and KOH. Process is continuous.