abv – acronym for ‘alcohol-by-volume’ the most sensible of the various systems for measuring alcoholic strength, as the percentage of the volume of liquid that equates to pure alcohol. Most beers are in the range 3.5–6% abv; still wines 8–15% abv; fortified wines 17– 22% abv; and most spirits 35–50% abv.


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