General term (also called alcoholic beverages or, especially in relation to higher-percentage spirits, also spiritual beverages) for beverages with a certain proportion of drinking alcohol (ethanol). This includes all beverages whose alcohol is produced solely by alcoholic fermentation, such as beer and wine, as well as higher-percentage distillates from such beverages or from fermented mashes and their mixed products. For most of them, there are EU and/or country-specific legal regulations regarding production. According to the Food Act, they are considered purely stimulants. Due to the toxic effect of ethanol on the central and peripheral nervous system, the liver and other organs, alcoholic beverages are harmful to health, especially in the case of regular and increased consumption.
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