California Vehicle Code definition of
CVC Section 109. "Alcoholic beverage" includes any liquid or solid material
intended to be ingested by a person which contains ethanol, also
known as ethyl alcohol, drinking alcohol, or alcohol, including, but
not limited to, alcoholic beverages as defined in Section 23004 of
the Business and Professions Code, intoxicating liquor, malt
beverage, beer, wine, spirits, liqueur, whiskey, rum, vodka,
cordials, gin, and brandy, and any mixture containing one or more
alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverage includes a mixture of one or
more alcoholic beverages whether found or ingested separately or as
For purposes of the Driver License Compact, "intoxicating liquor"
as used in Section 15023 has the same meaning as "alcoholic beverage"
as used in this code.