People can say that non-alcoholic beer is unlike real beer because of its taste, its smell, and its quantity of alcoholic content. While this type of alcohol alternative is still the closest drink to the real thing, it can still pose risks to recovering individuals.
- A person in recovery may have to avoid non-alcoholic drink as such may no longer consider him sober.
- It is just the same as trying to quit smoking while using a nicotine patch or gum and trying to quit heroin use but incorporating methadone or suboxone as a substitute.
- A non-alcoholic beer drink may lead to becoming a substitute habit instead of a stepping stone towards sobriety.
- Many of those who quit drinking alcohol do not drink “near beer” to avoid relapse.
Physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological aspects play a role in the discussions of alcoholism and its development.
Most beers have an alcohol content that ranges from an estimated 4.2% to about 4.3%. Non-alcoholic beer, on the other hand, actually contains alcohol with a maximum of 0.5%.
There are those who have reasoned that the alcoholic content of non-alcoholic beer is not enough for a drinker to become intoxicated with it. On the contrary, the mere smell, sight, or taste of beer even though it is really low in content can provide enough psychological triggers, which may be too powerful to bear.
Drinking non-alcoholic beer could also remind a recovering alcoholic about the good experiences he had with the drink.
It could serve as a reminder of his experiments during his adolescent years when he would be sneaking a drink from his parents’ wine bar. There are also those that connect beer with food they used to eat with a beer like pizza. Still, there are those who previously made use of alcohol in connecting with other people in social functions so they won’t feel out of place.
In this case, they would still like to hold on to a bottle or a glass to appear as if they are also drinking. Without such, they could feel totally out of place. Lonely people, moreover, may have viewed beer as their companion. Once their relationship with beer is ended either by choice or by necessity, near beer could be seen as the lesser evil between the two.
With the same principle with those who stop smoking; they should avoid patches, gums, or pills with tapered off nicotine and shaped just like a cigarette, alcohol dependents too should stay clear of whatever it is that would remind them of reverting to the old damaging habit. Remember, just the smell of alcohol in non-alcoholic beer is expected to push certain alcoholics into a relapse.
A lot of those who believed that they would be able to substitute non-alcoholic beer for alcoholic ones are really putting themselves at risk. Remember that sobriety, particularly in the early days of recovery, needs to be nurtured as it is in its most fragile state.