beverage
   an intoxicant
   Originally, any kind of drink, and then standard American English for any alcoholic drink served in a bar or beverage room by a waiter or beverage host (or hostess). In Britain, shortened to bevvy (with bewied meaning well supplied with intoxicants) or bevy:
    Friday evening, no work tomorrow, arseholed by midnight, rollocked, well bewied. (Boyd, 1998 — arse-holed in this context means drunk)
    He has been showered with the kind of hospitality normally saved for a national hero, and he's sunk a bevy or two along the way. (Hawks, 1998)

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