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:

        Wine:  8-14 percent ABV
        Liquor:  15-50 percent ABV
    See also:  Proof


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