Alcohol By Volume, abbreviated as ABV, provides a standard measurement of how much alcohol a given volume of a beverage contains. The ABV standard is used worldwide, but some countries, notably France, use another scale known as degrees Gay-Lussac, which uses a slightly different methodology. Legal requirements across the world dictate the publishing of alcohol by volume on labels, typically abbreviated ABV and given as a percentage. It simply tells a consumer how much alcohol a drink contains.
Though some products fall outside these averages, each style of alcohol generally resides in the following ABV ranges: