There are three words Liquor, Alcohol and Intoxicant. Which word can be used in general for any alcoholic drink? That is, if I say, 'wine' does it present any drink or is it a particular drink?

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Liquor usually refers to "hard" alcohol, that which has been distilled.

Wine is a particular drink, usually made from fermented grapes.

Alcohol and intoxicant are general words, and although people do say "let's have some alcohol" or "let's get intoxicated" it is more usual to say

Let's go for a drink.

with the alcohol being understood.

There are also many synonyms and slang terms such as booze, snifter which can easily be found with a thesaurus.

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    Intoxicant is more general than alcohol, there are other chemicals which will intoxicate you. – Pete Kirkham Mar 18 at 13:43
  • @PeteKirkham yes, and alcohol has other used besides being an intoxicant. – Weather Vane Mar 18 at 13:51
  • @WeatherVane I think Pete's point is that, just like all liquor is alcohol, all alcohol is an intoxicant. So it's a further generalization. – Brian R Mar 18 at 14:27
  • @BrianR I understood that, which is why I said "yes". My point was that not all alcohol is used as an intoxicant, except I mis-spelled "uses". – Weather Vane Mar 18 at 14:52

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