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Incorrect or non-standard usage, overuse etc.

Would you like to go for a drink?
(Meaning coffee, tea or a soft drink).

The problem

The word 'drink' can mean any liquid that you drink - water, juice, beer, tea etc.

However, the phrase Go for a drink normally means an alcoholic drink.

If you invite a native speaker 'to go for a drink' after work and then go to MacDonald's, s/he may be disappointed!

Something to drink is more general than 'a drink'.

I need something to drink - I'm thirsty
I need a drink! - I need an alcoholic drink.

More examples

What's wrong with a drink now and then?
Come to the pub, have a drink
Do you need a drink?
Two friends have promised to drop in for a drink before midnight.
I poured him a drink
...then went to a pub for a drink before calling a taxi
I stopped at Ron's bar for a drink, but they wouldn't let me in
Let me get you a drink. What's your pleasure? We have a little of everything
...stress would be to light a cigarette or reach for a drink.

Standard English

Shall we get something to drink?


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