Alcoholic Beverage Law & Legal Definition


Any drink capable of being consumed containing ethanol or ethyl alcohol is an alcoholic beverage. The Beverage Act classifies all alcoholic beverages into four main categories, namely, alcohol, spirits, wine, and beer. Different states have different laws relating to alcoholic beverages.

Under the Tex. Alco. Bev. Code § 1.04 alcohol beverage means "alcohol, or any beverage containing more than one-half of one percent of alcohol by volume, which is capable of use for beverage purposes, either alone or when diluted."

According to Miss. Code Ann. § 67-1-5 "Alcoholic beverage" means any alcoholic liquid, including wines of more than five percent (5%) of alcohol by weight, capable of being consumed as a beverage by a human being, but shall not include wine containing five percent (5%) or less of alcohol by weight and shall not include beer containing not more than five percent (5%) of alcohol by weight, as provided for in Section 67-3-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, but shall include native wines. The words "alcoholic beverage" shall not include ethyl alcohol manufactured or distilled solely for fuel purposes.”