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Types and amounts of alcoholic drinks

alcohol

noun

drinks such as wine and beer that can make people drunk

alcohol

noun

the substance in drinks such as wine and beer that makes you drunk

alcopop

noun

a drink that contains alcohol but tastes like a soft drink such as lemonade

aperitif

noun

an alcoholic drink that is drunk before a meal

bevvy

noun

an alcoholic drink

booze

noun

alcoholic drink

chaser

noun

a weak alcoholic drink that you drink immediately after a strong alcoholic drink, or a strong alcoholic drink that you drink immediately after a weak one

cocktail

noun

a drink, usually with a lot of alcohol in it, made by mixing different drinks together

cup

noun

an alcoholic drink made from a mixture of two or more drinks, especially wine and fruit juice

double

noun

an amount of a strong alcoholic drink that is twice the usual amount

dram

noun

a small amount of an alcoholic drink, especially whisky

drink

noun

an alcoholic drink

dumpie

noun

a small bottle of beer

firewater

noun

any strong alcoholic drink

frappé

noun

a sweet alcoholic drink served with a lot of small pieces of ice

half

adjective, adverb, noun, number, predeterminer, pronoun

half a pint of a drink, especially beer

hooch

noun

strong alcoholic drink, especially drink that is made illegally

libation

noun

a drink, especially an alcoholic drink

liquid refreshment

noun

drinks, especially alcoholic drinks

liquor

noun

alcoholic drinks

liquor

noun

strong alcoholic drinks

mamba

noun

an alcoholic drink made at home

measure

noun

a standard amount of alcohol served in a bar, restaurant etc

miniature

noun

a very small bottle of alcoholic drink, especially a spirit

moonshine

noun

a strong alcoholic drink that is produced and sold illegally

nightcap

noun

an alcoholic drink that you have just before you go to bed

nip

noun

a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink

one

determiner, number, pronoun

a glass of alcoholic drink

pint

noun

a pint of beer

punch

noun

a sweet drink made with fruit juice and usually alcohol

rotgut

noun

an alcoholic drink that is cheap and not of good quality

short

noun

a strong alcoholic drink served in small amounts

shot

noun

a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink

slammer

noun

an alcoholic drink consisting of tequila and lemonade that you traditionally drink quickly after banging the glass on the table

slug

noun

an amount of a strong alcoholic drink that you drink quickly

snifter

noun

a small amount of an alcoholic drink

spirit

noun

a strong alcoholic drink such as whisky or brandy

strong drink

noun

alcoholic drinks, especially alcoholic spirits

stubby

noun

a small wide bottle of beer

sundowner

noun

an alcoholic drink that people have in the evening

tincture

noun

an alcoholic drink

tipple

noun

an alcoholic drink that you drink regularly

tot

noun

a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink

tube

noun

a can of drink, especially beer

tumbler

noun

the amount of drink that a tumbler can contain

unit

noun

used for measuring the amount of alcohol that people drink

the usual

noun

used in a bar for ordering the same alcoholic drink that you usually have, or for asking a customer if that is what they want

a quick one

an alcoholic drink that you drink quickly

one for the road

an alcoholic drink that you have quickly before you leave a place

the hair of the dog (that bit you)

an alcoholic drink that makes you feel better when you drank too much alcohol the night before

the hard stuff

strong alcoholic drinks

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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