Types of Alcohol Sold in Grocery Stores

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According to Groceteria.com, the modern grocery store began around the start of the 20th century. With humble roots, country markets grew through the years to create what are now warehouse, chain grocery stores and independent stores. The items these stores supply vary greatly. One common item is alcohol. Typically, there is a full isle devoted to the sale of alcohol, which speaks to its popularity. The types of alcohol carried at grocery stores differs from state to state because state laws on the sale of alcoholic beverages vary.

Beer

  • Beer is one of the most common forms of alcohol consumed and found in grocery stores. Quick stop stores also may carry beer, which is a drink that contains lower amounts of alcohol. Types include lager, a pale beer and ale, a darker beer. One-hundred calorie beers are considered light, and regular beer are fuller but have more than 100 calories. A massive selection is available and prices are relatively inexpensive.

Wine

  • Wine, another type of alcohol, has a base in grapes. Grapes are harvested then allowed to ferment. Once the fermentation process is complete, determined by the type and color of the wine, sugars are added to this process. Red wines contain red grapes and white wine contains green. Wine has a higher percentage of ethanol per ounce compared to beer, so less of the beverage results in faster intoxication. Certain wines vary from just a few dollars to hundreds of dollars per bottle. Wine is supposed to be sipped, rather than gulped.

Liquors or Spirits

  • Liquor, also known as spirits, are drinks such as whiskey, rum and vodka. These drinks contain a significantly higher amount of ethanol per ounce, and can cause quick intoxication. These drinks can be mixed with other drinks, or drank as a "shot," typically 1 oz. It tends to be expensive, and may sometimes be available for sale at quick mart stores, depending on state laws.

Rubbing Alcohol

  • Rubbing alcohol, or ispropryl alcohol, is a cleaner for scrapes and wounds. It can be found in any grocery store in the first aid isle. It is very inexpensive, and is also a great source to disinfecting utensils such as tweezers and medical scissors. While different from drinkable alcohol, rubbing alcohol is a valuable source in first aid support.

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