This thread is somewhat philosophical.
Beverages have always made little sense to me. The taste, caffeine kick or alcohol high, sweetness (indulgence) and other properties are very, very diluted in a beverage. After all, Beer, coffee and other beverages are usually at least 90% water. I see little reason to take the coffee, sugar and whatnot and dilute it with water, making a beverage. It makes sense to me to drink the water on a seperate occasion for hydration and then have the coffee and sugar with less dilution such as in a solid food item, in which the other ingredients are of similar nature and consistency. For example, coffee and sugar are good in a cake.
I have little idea of how have alcohol without the water. I like alcohol only very little. A strong spirit makes some sense to me while a very diluted beverage like a beer makes little.