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alcoholic beverages

General term (also referred to as alcoholic beverages or, especially in relation to higher-proof spirits, spirituous beverages) for beverages with a certain proportion of potable alcohol (ethanol). This includes all beverages whose alcohol is produced solely through alcoholic fermentation, such as beer and wine, as well as high-proof distillates from such beverages or from fermented mashes and their mixed products. For most of them, there are EU and/or country-specific legal provisions regarding production. According to the Foodstuffs Act, they are classed as pure 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 when consumed regularly and in large quantities.

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