Alcohol Alcohol Types

Types of Alcohol Beverages, Which Ones Are More Addictive

October 7, 2018

Information on the Key Types of Alcohol


Beer is one of the oldest and most extensively consumed alcohols. Fermentation of cereal grains like malted barley, wheat, corn, and maize produces beer. Modern beer usually contains 4% to 6% alcohol by volume (ABV) even though some breweries manufacture beer with up to 20% to 40% ABV. Beer contains ethanol and can adversely affect the health of the person when taken in large quantities. The variants of beer are:

  • Ale (brown ale, cask ale, pale ale, bitter ale, Barleywine, old ale, mild ale, porter, stock ale)
  • Fruit Beer
  • Lager ( Schwarzbier, pale larger)
  • Small beer
  • Wheat beer
  • Sahti


Wine is made from the fermentation of grapes. It contains 5.5-15.5% of alcohol by volume. Wine can also be manufactured from the fermentation of pomegranate, plum, cherry, currant, and elderberry. There are some variants of wine:

  • Red Wine
  • White Wine
  • Rose Wine
  • Mead ( Honey Wine)
  • Fruit Wine
  • Starch-based Wine
  • Sparkling Wine


Spirits are what we refer to liquor which is made from distilling grains, fruits and vegetables after they already undergone alcoholic fermentation. Spirits are distilled to concentrate the alcohol content by removing the diluting agents like water. Spirits are considered to be ‘harder’ since it contains a higher level of alcohol. Examples of liquors are:

  • Vodka
  • Cider
  • Gin
  • Whiskey
  • Brandy
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Baijiu
  • Soju
  • Singani

All of the above mentioned alcoholic beverages contain ethanol and are equally harmful when taken in large doses. Usually, the drinks with an ABV greater than 40% like Vodka (40-95%), Rum (36-50%), Gin (36-50%), Tequila (50-51%) and Whiskey (36-50%) are considered to be the most addictive alcoholic beverages.