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  1. Plural of beverage

Extensive Definition

A drink, or beverage, is a liquid specifically prepared for human consumption. In addition to basic needs, beverages form part of the culture of human society.

Types of beverage


Despite the fact that most beverages, including juice, soft drinks, and carbonated drinks, have some form of water in them; water itself is often not classified as a beverage, and the word beverage has been recurrently defined as not referring to water.
Essential to the survival of all organisms, water has historically been an important and life-sustaining drink to humans. Excluding fat, water composes approximately 70% of the human body by mass. It is a crucial component of metabolic processes and serves as a solvent for many bodily solutes. Health authorities have historically suggested at least eight glasses, eight fluid ounces each, of water per day (64 fluid ounces, or 1.89 litres),
Distilled (pure) water is rarely found in nature. Spring water, a natural resource from which much bottled water comes, is generally imbued with minerals. Tap water, delivered by domestic water systems in developed nations, refers to water piped to homes through a tap. All of these forms of water are commonly drunk, often purified through filtration.

Alcoholic beverages

An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of an alcohol includes many other compounds. Alcoholic beverages, such as wine, beer, and liquor have been part of human culture and development for 8,000 years.

Non-alcohol beverages

Non-alcoholic beverages are drinks that would normally contain alcohol, such as beer and wine but are made with no more than .5 percent alcohol by volume. The category includes drinks that have undergone an alcohol removal process such as non-alcoholic beers and de-alcoholized wines.

Soft drinks

The name "soft drink" specifies a lack of alcohol by way of contrast to the term "hard drink" and the term "drink", the latter of which is nominally neutral but often carries connotations of alcoholic content. Beverages like colas, sparkling water, iced tea, lemonade, squash, and fruit punch are among the most common types of soft drinks, while hot chocolate, hot tea, coffee, milk, tap water, alcohol, and milkshakes do not fall into this classification. Many carbonated soft drinks are optionally available in versions sweetened with sugars or with non-caloric sweeteners.

Hot beverages


Some substances may either be called food or drink, and accordingly be eaten with a spoon or drunk, depending on solid ingredients in it and on how thick it is, and on preference:


Measuring drinks

See also


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beverages in Min Nan: Ím-liāu
beverages in Catalan: Beguda
beverages in Czech: Nápoj
beverages in Welsh: Diod
beverages in Danish: Drik
beverages in German: Getränk
beverages in Spanish: Bebida
beverages in Esperanto: Trinkaĵo
beverages in French: Boisson
beverages in Galician: Bebida
beverages in Korean: 음료
beverages in Indonesian: Minuman
beverages in Inuktitut: ᐃᒥᐊᓗᒃ/aivilik
beverages in Italian: Bevanda
beverages in Hebrew: משקה
beverages in Kinyarwanda: Ikinyobwa
beverages in Swahili (macrolanguage): Kinywaji
beverages in Kurdish: Vexwirak
beverages in Latin: Potio
beverages in Lojban: selpinxe
beverages in Malay (macrolanguage): Minuman
beverages in Japanese: 飲料
beverages in Norwegian: Drikke
beverages in Central Khmer: ភេសជ្ជៈ
beverages in Low German: Drinken
beverages in Polish: Napój
beverages in Portuguese: Bebida
beverages in Quechua: Upyana
beverages in Russian: Напитки
beverages in Sicilian: Viviruni
beverages in Simple English: Drink
beverages in Serbo-Croatian: Piće
beverages in Sundanese: Inuman
beverages in Finnish: Juoma
beverages in Swedish: Dryck
beverages in Thai: เครื่องดื่ม
beverages in Turkish: İçecek
beverages in Ukrainian: Напої
beverages in Võro: Juuk
beverages in Contenese: 嘢飲
beverages in Chinese: 饮料
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