* Drinks are liquids intended for human consumption, in addition to basic needs beverages form part of the culture of human society. All beverages, including juice, soft, and alcohol drinks have some form of water in them. Water is often not classified as a beverage, and the word beverage is commonly referred to as not water. An alcoholic drink contains ethanol, commonly known as alcohol. Alcoholic beverages, include beer, wine and spirits, and have been part of human culture and development for 8,000 years.