You could say 'something to drink': 'do you know where I can buy something to drink?'. The main use of 'drink' for 'alcohol' is in the singular as an uncountable noun: 'he's off the drink', or 'did you buy any drink for the party'? 'Drink(s)' in the countable form only refers to alcohol when the context obviously suggests alcohol.Thank you, PaulQ.
When I think "drinks", I always associate them with alcoholic liquids. Is there any alternate other than drink that can be used in my context?
It's very common in that context, just not in spoken English. You will see it on signs on refrigerators in shops, and on ice-cream and hot dog kiosks, but you wouldn't say 'I'm just going to the shop to get some beverages'.Interesting. In my experience, on this side of the pond it is a relatively common, everyday word with nothing old-fashioned or pretentious about it. For example, your local sports team or fraternal organization might make a flyer advertising their annual picnic, including the statement that the price includes food and beverages. In a neighborhood delicatessen or bodega you might see a refrigerator that contained juice, soda, and bottled water for sale labeled "cold beverages." Here, for another example, is a flyer produced by the US Department of Agriculture to explain nutrition standards for items served to children in school. Note that everywhere it refers to "beverages" (which appears 6 times) rather than "drinks" (which is not used at all). I am very surprised to find this is not a common word in the UK.
In BE, some folk refer to pints of beer drunk in a pub as 'bevvies'. The OED's earliest citation is an 1889 dictionary of slang, so it's been around for quite a while. The OED also lists 'to bevvy' a verb.A long time ago, my grandmother sometimes referred (in a disapproving tone) to "beverages", by which she meant alcoholic drinks. I've never heard anyone else use it that way.
There's also the term 'bevvied' meaning 'very drunk' (I think this is Scottish, but maybe it is British).In BE, some folk refer to pints of beer drunk in a pub as 'bevvies'. The OED's earliest citation is an 1889 dictionary of slang, so it's been around for quite a while. The OED also lists 'to bevvy' a verb.
I think we're agreed that "beverages" is very common on signs and menus.My experience is more like GWB not Copyright. I consider beverage as a common spoken word. Drinks and beverages can be with or without alcohol. .I often see beverages on signs and on menus. Soft drinks is what I would use(redwoods coment).
You're talking to someone about a particular product. Pick up the bottle or can, hold it up while you look at the person and ask, "Does this have alcohol?"In a drink shop, can I ask "Is this drink/soda alcoholic or non-alcoholic?"?
I use "beverage" sometimes but it is odd in the original question. I think it's a little more formal than usual. In real life, I can't think of an instance where I would need to ask such question. I mean at least in the US soft drinks are sold literally everywhere. I would ask if there is a grocery store or a convenience store nearby but I wouldn't just ask for a place selling drinks.My experience is more like GWB not Copyright. I consider beverage as a common spoken word. Drinks and beverages can be with or without alcohol. .I often see beverages on signs and on menus. Soft drinks is what I would use(redwoods coment).
I'm assuming this is a general store where drinks are kept on a shelf or in a cool cabinet.In a drink shop, can I ask "Is this drink/soda alcoholic or non-alcoholic?"?