What is 0.0 ABV in alcohol drinks?
When you decide on an alcohol-free 0.0 abv lifestyle, it can be not very clear to drink and what’s safe for you. I’m not talking about low alcohol and just a night when you are taking it easy on the booze front.
I’m talking about the zero alcohol rule, whether you can’t don’t want to or choose not to drink alcohol.
Here is just a bit of help with what to know and how to know.
Be bold, be confident and as you will find out, you are actually helping bars their business to give you a choice you want to have as a consumer.
Don’t always assume what you given is alcohol-free?
At the beginning of my alcohol-free journey, and in my case, it was health-driven, and yours may not be, I was very naive.
I would go to a restaurant or a bar, and to feel I was joining in, I would be particular and politely ask for a no-alcohol beer.
If I am honest, I was naive and thought I’d get one!
However, people’s interpretation of what’s alcohol-free is totally different depending on the bar or restaurant. The interpretation ranged from low alcohol to low calorie, and I’d be given it without a glance or thought.
I’m not blaming the people who serve you as it’s a new area to them and no one has explained to them in their training. Even the owners of the establishment are probably not sure. I know I have written to them!
So what’s ABV?
Alcohol by volume or ABV is basically how you cross-check, and it’s on the label. It would help if you looked for it. Generally, most beers brands have started to use this branding on the front of their bottle, but the real answer of how much alcohol can be found on the back of the bottle near the ingredients.
What you are looking for is 0.0 abv which means no alcohol.
It’s the one that they will be licensed on in terms of the product. Believe it or not, there is a wider range of alcohol-free and low alcohol products, and people lump them all into one.
So low alcohol versus non-alcoholic?
So in a bar and even online, check the abv alcohol by volume, and we will use beer as an example. There are 0.5 abv, 0.10 abv, and the people serving will just put them all together. Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with them per se in terms of service. This is about your choice as a consumer, and that’s important, especially if your choice, like me, is health-related.
It’s always worth checking the small print, and some beer will be 0.0 abv but will then say less than 0.05%, which is very low, hardly traceable, but it is your body, and you should know. It might be your religious choice, for example, or like my health.
These listings are all down to the licensing, which I will go into another time, but for now, get in the habit of checking 0.0 abv; I think I’ve developed a radar for it!
Also, don’t depend on the drinks’ menu as they can be very general as they lump all the low alcoholic drinks, soft drinks into one or sneak it in just into the normal drinks’ section. I’m not sure why they do this as it’s a USP.
Don’t afraid to ask – A Christmas Day Tale.
When I started my 0.0 abv mission, I was very sheepish about asking for 0.0 abv for the looks I’d get as if I was ungrateful with their offer, if indeed they did have any choice at all. Or the barman who looked at me and said, what’s the point! A nice chap, I’m sure.
So after day one, being back out and about after being unwell, I realized it was life and death, and I talked to people as they needed to know its importance.
I questioned the beer’s alcohol level and was bold in saying if it was not 0.0 abv, and to be fair, you could see they were learning as well. Many servers would discuss it with me and feed it up so that they ordered in some options.
My alcohol-free breakthrough
My biggest breakthrough was in the Christmas of 2019. I booked a restaurant for the day, and their menu had one option, but it was not 0.0 abv. So I called them and explained the situation, and they said they would do what they could, but if I am honest, I did not hold out much hope.
Well, what a surprise, I turned up to the table with three of my favourite 0.0 abv beers in an ice bucket nicely presented.
How fantastic is that, and I told them so. If you are new to this, you will realize that feedback is important to move with trends and trust me; you are ahead of the curve.
The irony, of course, was the manager came to me at the end of the meal and said that it had been one of the best-sellers of the day as many people had been driving and did not want to take a chance on anything else. They effectively found a growth market in one lunchtime.
For more information on alcohol intake, go to drinkaware
If you are on a 0.0 abv drinks’ journey, you will need to double-check the label on the bar, bottles etc., near the ingredients and be clear about what you are asking for. Avoid depending on the drink menu. In my view, they are full of misinformation.
Remember, if you want that market to offer a choice, we will be part of that. We are the solution, not the problem. Remember it’s a growth market over 25%, including all low and non-alcohol drinks, which should help increase your confidence in asking.
You are doing them and yourself a favour on the 0.0 abv journey. Enjoy.
I would love to know what you think and if you are aware of ABV, alcohol by volume and what it means for you. I always respond