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    No alcoholic drink for underage!

    A warning sign in restaurant

    No person under the age of 18 years is permitted intoxicating liquors on the premises.
    It’s very strange that I don’t know why they use intoxicating liquors.
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    Is the word ‘intoxicating’ redundant? By the fact that all liquors are supposed to be intoxicating!
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...=L&key=HW*1275

    And also liquor is a strong drink, i.e. whisky, vodka, brandy etc.

    Beer, port, red wine, white wine, grape wine – should they be counted as liquor?

    From the warning sign, I’d say the underage can drink beer, port, red wine, and any light alcoholic beverage!

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    'Intoxicating' isn't really necessary. I don't suppose they'll let them drink beer, though.

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    Re: No alcoholic drink for underage!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    A warning sign in restaurant

    No person under the age of 18 years is permitted intoxicating liquors on the premises.
    It’s very strange that I don’t know why they use intoxicating liquors.
    Link:
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...1677&dict=CALD

    Is the word ‘intoxicating’ redundant? By the fact that all liquors are supposed to be intoxicating!
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...=L&key=HW*1275

    And also liquor is a strong drink, i.e. whisky, vodka, brandy etc.

    Beer, port, red wine, white wine, grape wine – should they be counted as liquor?

    From the warning sign, I’d say the underage can drink beer, port, red wine, and any light alcoholic beverage!
    It is an odd message, but the meaning is relatively clear. :wink:

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    Re: No alcoholic drink for underage!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    A warning sign in restaurant

    No person under the age of 18 years is permitted intoxicating liquors on the premises.
    It?s very strange that I don?t know why they use intoxicating liquors.
    Link:
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...1677&dict=CALD

    Is the word ?intoxicating? redundant? By the fact that all liquors are supposed to be intoxicating!
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...=L&key=HW*1275

    And also liquor is a strong drink, i.e. whisky, vodka, brandy etc.

    Beer, port, red wine, white wine, grape wine ? should they be counted as liquor?

    From the warning sign, I?d say the underage can drink beer, port, red wine, and any light alcoholic beverage!
    I'd say beer, port, red/white wine, grape wine are soft drinks. They don't belong to intoxicating liquors such as whisky, vodka.

    What do you think? :wink:

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    Re: No alcoholic drink for underage!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    A warning sign in restaurant

    No person under the age of 18 years is permitted intoxicating liquors on the premises.
    To me it's the -s on 'liquors' that sounds kind of funny.

    In North America, liquor has two meanings: 1) distilled spirits or hard liquor (e.g. vodka, rye, whiskey, etc) and 2) a general, umbrella term for all drinks that intoxicate (i.e, get you drunk).

    By the way, I'd say you're right about 'intoxicating liquors' being redundant. :)

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    Re: No alcoholic drink for underage!

    Quote Originally Posted by henry

    I'd say beer, port, red/white wine, grape wine are soft drinks. They don't belong to intoxicating liquors such as whisky, vodka.

    What do you think? :wink:
    They are a bit different from distilled spirits, but alcohol is still alcohol. 8)

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    In this country (USA) soft drinks are non-alcoholic beverages. Sodas are soft drinks.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    In this country (USA) soft drinks are non-alcoholic beverages. Sodas are soft drinks.

    :)
    Oh I see. Here in Germany such drinks(beer, wine, etc.) are called soft drinks and therefore youths are allowed to consume.

    8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    In this country (USA) soft drinks are non-alcoholic beverages. Sodas are soft drinks.

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    Oh I see. Here in Germany such drinks(beer, wine, etc.) are called soft drinks and therefore youths are allowed to consume.

    8)
    That's interesting. In the US, distilled spirits are often called "hard liquor", but there is no "soft liquor". As Ron said, soft drinks are entirely different here. :wink:

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    Intoxcicating liquors mean all of the alcoholic drinks, not limited to hard liquors like whisky, vodka and gin. So beer, wine are on the off-limit list.

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