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Non-alcoholic beer

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by Joethefirst, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. Waterel

    Waterel Active Contributor

    I've never met someone who enjoys non-alcoholic beer. It doesn't even taste like beer, it doesn't have alcohol. I wonder how they even manage to sell it. I mean, there's got to be someone who buys it if it's still on the market.
  2. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Many parents buy their kids alcoholic beer when they go to a BBQ or host an event at their home. Also, it is an alternative for underage people who go in bars or clubs (though most of them serve alcohol to people under the age of 18). That's the only thing it's good for, it tastes like piss to me and I can't stand it.
  3. PLP Rob

    PLP Rob Active Contributor

    When I drank, it was strictly to catch a buzz, so I've never understood the appeal of non-alcoholic beer. Also, I tend to think that drinking one would only make me crave the real thing. It's not terribly exciting, but nowadays I stick to ice water, milk, diet soda, and the occasional coffee (with loads of cream and Stevia, haha). Cheers. ;)
  4. irishrose

    irishrose Community Champion

    I know an alcoholic who tried to use non-alcoholic beer as a substitute for regular beer. It did not help him to overcome his addiction. I see it as a waste of money. Perhaps nonalcoholic beer started off as a marketing ploy?
  5. Psyduck

    Psyduck Active Contributor

    I think the reason non-alcoholic beer exists is because of that one person in that group who still hangs out with the rest of the people who drink alcoholic beverages but doesn't drink alcoholic beverages and yet prefers a beer which is non-alcoholic to gel out with others.
  6. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    I agree, you never have anyone advising you to drink a non-alcoholic beer because of it's taste. I suppose it could work in a social enviromente were if someone felt that they were being pressured into drinking but didn't really want to. After all it does look like beer, even though that's as close as it comes.
  7. Rowe992

    Rowe992 Senior Contributor

    Well the only non-alcoholic beer that I ever drink is ginger beer. I don't know why you would want to drink beer that has alcohol removed since beers don't normally taste good.
  8. Jordan94

    Jordan94 Active Contributor

    Low alcohol beers are usually less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) in the United States. This means that an individual would need to drink 9 of these non alcoholic drinks to equal just one standard beer. The fact that it is almost impossible to get inebriated by drinking these beers means that they can be legally sold to minors. These are also referred to as non alcoholic beers (NA).
  9. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I think it's pointless also. Beer really doesn't taste good, but the buzz seems worth it. A non alcoholic beer seems like a nasty tasting beverage without the reward. I don't even know why they would make this. I have had a ginger beer before and this is really good for you.
  10. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    Most who drink non-alcoholic beer don't do it because they expect it to be a substitute of sorts. In fact the people I know who say they like non-alcoholic beer have never tasted alcohol all their lives. They prefer the non-alcoholic drinks over soft drinks.

    However as a substitute for alcoholic drinks, they aren't that great . . . a substitute.
  11. eveliner

    eveliner Senior Contributor

    I only drink non-alcoholic beer, mainly because I have to drive quite often and in my country we aren't allowed to have drunk even one single drop, so I should be careful with what I'm actually doing. And to be honest, it's even more productive... I personally find I don't lack anything from the "original" beer recipe! Non-alcoholic is to some degree even more enjoyable!
  12. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    When my son was in rehab, I asked a counselor there what they would think about someone in recovery drinking non-alcoholic beer. This particular counselor said they would consider that a relapse. Just one person's opinion, I guess. But something to think about.
  13. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Also.. Non-alcoholic beer is not entirely alcohol-free. The amount of alcohol it contains is very low (like .05%), but there is still some alcohol in there.
  14. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    That's definitely interesting especially since it's coming from a counselor. Even more reason for me to steer of non alcoholic beers and stick to the wide range of drinks out there that aren't alcoholic or masquerading as alcoholic either.
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  15. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    I don't understand the purpose either. I think people do it to try and help themselves stop drinking. I think it's just hurting them though.