::Alcoholic beverage


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A selection of alcoholic beverages.
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A liquor store in the United States. The global alcoholic beverages industry has exceeded $1 trillion in 2014.

An alcoholic beverage is a drink which contains a substantial amount of the psychoactive drug ethanol (informally called alcohol). Drinking alcohol plays an important social role in many cultures. Alcohol has potential for abuse and physical dependence.

Almost all countries have laws regulating their production, sale, and consumption,<ref name="icap">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and some countries ban such activities entirely. However, alcoholic beverages are legal in most parts of the world. The global alcoholic beverages industry exceeded $1 trillion in 2014.<ref>http://faostat.fao.org/site/636/DesktopDefault.aspx?PageID=636#ancor</ref>

It is one of the most widely used recreational drugs in the world. In the United States 89% of adults have drunk alcohol at some point in time, 70% have drunk in the last year and 56% in the last month.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Alcoholic beverages are typically divided into three classes—beers, wines, and spirits—and typically contain between 3% and 40% alcohol by volume.

Discovery of late Stone Age jugs suggest that intentionally fermented beverages existed at least as early as the Neolithic period (cir. 10,000 BC).<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Many nonhuman animals also consume alcohol when given the opportunity and are affected in much the same way as humans, although humans are the only species known to produce alcoholic beverages intentionally.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Alcoholic beverage sections
Intro  Fermented beverages  Distilled beverages  Health effects  Ap\u00e9ritifs and digestifs  Flavoring  Congeners  Rectified spirit  Alcohol concentration  Serving measures  Food energy  Laws  History  See also  References  External links  

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