10 Reasons why people drink alcohol-free beer
When you order anything alcohol-free or non-alcoholic, it’s generally okay. Order a diet soda, and servers won’t raise an eyebrow. Order an alcohol-free beer, and you get that look that says, “why do people drink alcohol-free beer”?
I have had it many times. That look as if I am from another planet.
But on one level, I get why people would ask why people drink non-alcoholic beer. After all, society, from pubs, bars and social events, is geared around it.
There is also another reason, and it’s a big one.
People’s experience of alcohol-free beer is a horrible taste, and the stories of it being subtly left on the side on the side of a bar are well known.
But that was years ago.
And I agree it didn’t taste perfect then.
Is it any wonder why people drink it?
Here are my top ten reasons why you should give it a go!
1. At last benefits of drinking non-alcoholic beers
Whatever the benefits that people ask about alcohol-free beers, the big one is, does it taste nice?
It’s got to be at least enjoyable without the alcohol, or it’s going to be a hard sell!
I mean, let’s face it, it was horrible and was initially designed for people in the city of London, so they did not get drunk with clients at lunchtime.
The thing is, they didn’t drink it either! There was a can of alcohol-free beer left on a table in bars in the finance district of Canary Wharf in London.
Things have changed now, and yes, there still are some beers you drink and think not again.
But the market is moving fast, with vast sums of money being pumped into the alcohol-free drinks industry.
There are now big profits in alcohol-free beers from focus groups to product enhancement, with double-digit growth figures reported.
It’s Over 50 per cent growth per annum in some cases.
One big market is younger drinkers who don’t want to look bad on social media. Trust me; they would not be drinking it if the aroma and flavours were not of a high standard.
Of course, alcohol-free beers are not meant to be alcohol, so it comes with a warning.
Internet reviews are full of people frustrated at wanting to drink alcohol really and giving non-alcoholic beers a bad reputation.
It’s hard to doubt the quality of beers like FREESTAR
2. Cut back or cut out; it’s up to you?
Now it’s often said anyone coming off alcohol should never go near alcohol-free as it could be a trigger. And I get that.
Only you will know if that is you, so an excellent place to check your alcohol consumption is via the drinkware website.
Of course, for some people, it can be a trigger like any other addiction, including chocolate or risky behaviour.
Please do get help—your human.
However, for many people, wanting to cut back there has not been the choice, and in many of the bars, I still don’t see it.
But it’s shifted.
University Research shows that given a chance, people are less likely to drink less and go for the alcohol-free options or both of them.
The choice is critical here.
Now you may want to keep within the 14 units of alcohol per week or cut it out altogether. I know for me health-wise, I had no choice.
With alcohol-free beer, you do have more choice and flexibility.
I know one colleague who had taken to drinking a bottle of alcohol-free beer in the week, which made a massive difference.
One of the recommendations of the NHS in the UK is to mix and match your drinks with a non-alcoholic option. Alcohol-free beer can help you do that.
However, a quick tip. Start the evening with a non-alcoholic beer as you will never finish the night with one generally,
Although I know people who do that!
I think they buck the trend with my influence looming!
3. It’s better than alcohol
You have to remember alcohol is poison. It is why taken to extremes; you could get alcohol poisoning.
So cutting back is deemed by all health professionals as a good thing when it comes to alcohol.
When it comes to beer, it’s seen as natural overall.
It’s much better than any of the very high sugar drinks and certainly better than cartons of orange juice.
Alcohol-free beer is packed with:
- Folic acid
The National Library of medicine also concluded that it could help with Heart Disease as well.
“This study has shown that the acute consumption of de-alcoholised beer inhibits thrombogenic activity in young adults. This action could have a beneficial effect on the development of coronary artery disease. Thus, the consumer- de-alcoholised beer could provide cardiovascular benefits without the negative effects of alcohol”.
You can read more about their fascinating research here.
I am not saying like some newspapers do that alcohol-free beer is the be-all and end-all of healthcare, but let’s get one thing straight.
Everyone agrees that excessive alcohol intake is not suitable for anyone’s health. Read what the NHS in the UK says about alcohol.
4. The benefits of non-alcoholic beer and sugar
It beats very sugary drinks that are often offered as an alternative every time.
Let’s think about our waistline for a moment. Sorry, but it has to be said.
Alcohol contains what many nutritionists call useless calories, or should that be empty calories.
Seven calories in every gram of alcohol.
The recommended maximum number of alcohol units in the UK is 14. This is not a goal, by the way.
Let’s say 1 unit is a standard glass of beer. So half a pint.
Alcohol contains 56 calories a unit. These are “empty” calories because they provide no nutritional value.
So if you are swapping alcoholic beer for alcohol-free beer, you can see already that some of the calories will disappear straight away.
In terms of alcohol beer, that is a lot of sugar that you are saving from going into your system.
However, here is a word of warning.
Alcohol-free beer is not a diet drink.
Some brands add in extra sugar, so you want to check the label. The good news is the alcohol-free labels have all the ingredients listed when it comes to beer.
5. Why do I feel drunk when I drink alcohol-free beer?
Many blog readers say they feel a bit drunk after even sipping on non-alcoholic beer. It slightly makes you feel like you are drinking alcohol up to a point.
Chemically you are doing something that provides joy, so there is a so-called “dopamine” release in the brain.
It is enjoyable, like going to the gym or doing some exercise. Well, kind of.
Of course, it’s not the alcohol that makes you feel that way. It is why alcohol-free drinks are not for everyone.
If you have ever heard of the placebo effect, people test drugs on so-called sugar pills to see if the results are the same.
Of course, in some cases, people believe in the so-called sugar pill. So it convinces them that they are OK if they think it contains the real thing.
Of course, not with any severe illness, but the brain can trick us.
On the blog, I have heard of people picking up alcohol-free beer by mistake and getting completely drunk only to realise that it is non-alcoholic and sober up in an instant.
The good news is that if you choose an alcohol-free 0.0 abv beer, there is no alcohol in it.
Even if you choose a beer with a trace of 0.05%, you would be drinking less alcohol than was in a natural banana. You would have to drink bottles and bottles of it for it to affect you.
Even then, you would feel sick well before that moment as the body physically could not keep up with all that liquid!
The alcohol would be out of your system quickly with that amount of alcohol anyway.
Bitburger drive now has the safe drive symbol on it, and I would encourage more breweries to add this.
The secret is the label.
So if it is 0.0 abv, it means it has no alcohol or, at best, a slight trace.
Even some beers which I don’t go near with 0.5% alcohol are not even close to getting you drunk.
The excellent news is apart from the placebo effect. You can’t get drunk.
So that must be one of the benefits of non-alcoholic beer.
Plus, things like hangovers and the shakes could be a welcome benefit of making the switch to alcohol-free drinks in general, not just beer.
6. The Alcoholic-Free Labels are just getting better
ABV is my perfect guide to alcohol-free beer, and there is a good reason why.
I feel comfortable having a 0.0 abv alcohol-free beer even though I could go for a soda or fizzy water.
The labelling of drinks in the UK and EU of alcohol-free drinks, including beer, is now unique and even better than their alcoholic counterparts.
Unless you choose to drink alcohol, which is over 1.2% ABV, so alcohol by volume, the labels are clear and governed by law.
You know what you are drinking, and it is not just the alcohol level either.
All the alcohol-free drinks on the blog I review show what is in them, and we can then make an informed choice.
7. Money Money Money in an Alcohol-Free Drinks World
I am afraid going alcohol-free is not as cheap as you may think. The quality of the drink, including beer, may cost you more as it costs more to make.
Tax on alcohol can impact alcohol-free beer, but I have not seen much saving on purchases in reality.
However, you save money in other ways:
- Not getting taxi’s
- Buying stuff, you don’t need when you have had on too many
- Going for food on the way home
- Relationship issues
- Job security
- You keep on drinking as you make irrational buying decisions under the influence.
So yes, alcohol-free beer can save you money. But not in the same way you might think about it when you first make the shift over, even part-time!
8. You don’t feel like a social outcast when you drink non-alcoholic beer
I have experimented since I gave up drinking alcohol. Without a drink in my hand, people would question why I did not drink.
Did you have a problem? I hope you don’t mind me asking?
- Are you religious?
- One won’t matter!
- Go on, have a drink!
- How do you cope?
- It must be not very good for you.
Once you have a drink in your hand and you have got over the funny looks of asking for an alcohol-free beer, the pressure seems to go away.
Once you have a beer in your hand, the issue goes away. After all, it is beer, just not with any alcohol in it.
It works; try it and let me know.
Some of my friends are now more alcohol-free option advocates than I!
9. You are part of a purpose in the alcohol-free world
Since I went alcohol-free, I do feel a sense of purpose. After all, there are not many alcohol-free lifestyle people around.
So you do become passionate about alcohol-free beer and the brewers large and small who make them.
I enjoy the podcast that I do with my co-presenter, who is a drinker, and I enjoy talking about why alcohol is not that brilliant after all.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t go around like an ex-smoker. Everyone who takes a drink is entitled to, and some of my closest friends are drinkers.
But it is nice having a message to go out there and talk about.
I get a little bit annoyed when airlines talk about alcohol on board and yet do little to offer alternatives. I love suggesting alcohol-free beer to bars when they don’t have many options, and then it’s their best seller.
It is rewarding. We need more advocates of non-alcoholic beers, not less. Otherwise, the industry will disappear once again.
And no, not everyone who drinks alcohol-free was on a bench with a bottle of vodka, so go and pick on a vegan or something.
I’m joking, don’t do that, it’s not nice!
People with issues around alcohol need support, not mocking, and people also choose non-alcoholic drinks for all sorts of reasons, including being pregnant!
10. It has more pros than cons this non-alcoholic beer
If I had to sum up three pros and three cons of alcoholic beer, it would be these.
It takes away social pressure to drink.
It’s natural as it made with water, malt, yeast and hops
It has improved its taste, and there are now both big brands and craft brewers adding significant value.
If you are looking for an alcoholic drink, think again, as it does not contain alcohol.
It probably is not as cheap as many people expect, but then it does not sacrifice quality.
It’s hard to purchase when you are out in bars and restaurants. So it is hard to build an ordering habit.
For views on great reasons to drink alcohol-free beer, check on the alcohol-free drinks podcast.
We make it fun and interactive.
What do you think about alcohol-free beers?
What are the benefits of drinking non-alcoholic beer for you? I would love to know if it’s the quality or just cutting back on alcohol.
For me, it has to be the options that it creates.
Is it the fact that you can’t get drunk on alcoholic free beer, or maybe it can drive home?
I was hoping you could leave your comments below, and I always get back to you.
I would like to know what you think are the reasons why do people drink alcohol-free beer!