Alcohol by Volume

The metric system is extensively used throughout Europe, and is relatively simple.  The % AbV (absolute alcohol by volume) multiplied by 10 immediately tells you how many millilitres of alcohol there are in 1 litre of the drink.

The following values are a rough guide as to what may be expected:

beers
2-7 % AbV
wines
10-15 % AbV
sherries & ports
20 % AbV
spirits & liqueurs
20-40 % AbV

N.B. Some drinks such as tequila, absinthe and 'overproof' rum can have much higher values.

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