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Old 10-03-2017, 03:48 AM
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Non Alcoholic Beer

Hey All,

Only on day 8 here and all is going well.

Anyway, I had a social situation last Friday and opted for a non alcoholic beer instead. I found that really helped.

Does this count as cheating and if not, is this a decent strategy moving forward?

Thanks for your thoughts.
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I think it's too risky.

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My experience is I don't drink NA beer because it looked like beer, felt like a can of beer, it smelt like beer, it had that same condensation thing on the can like a beer, the same fizz and foam when you pop the can, tasted like beer (kinda)....

Then I'd wonder why I'd go out everytime and get 'real' beer.
I was still knee deep in old behaviours, and didn't even realise it.

As a former beer drinker I know it ticks all the boxes for me, and opens the door to old behaviour and old thought paterns.

I don't recommend it.

I don't need to know but maybe ask yourself why would you choose NA beer when there's so many other things to drink, though?

Is it really the taste of a beer you want, or are there other things happening here as well?

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One of keys to my success in staying sober was to quit trying to fit into my "old" drinking world as a non drinker. I had to change everything. Aspects of the drinking life had to change. Hanging out where there was alcohol had to change.

Being in a situation where the choice is either drinking beer or a non-alcoholic beer doesn't seem like much of a change. But I'm glad you chose the latter and stayed sober.

There are strategies with less risk.
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Did it make you want to have alcohol in any way? Do you think it might lead into craving alcohol? Was it giving you a placebo effect of having alcohol? If not, I think your choice was what you intended it to be.
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Old 10-03-2017, 04:45 AM
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Originally Posted by JaimePique View Post
Hey All,

Only on day 8 here and all is going well.

Anyway, I had a social situation last Friday and opted for a non alcoholic beer instead. I found that really helped.

Does this count as cheating and if not, is this a decent strategy moving forward?

Thanks for your thoughts.
If it helps why not. The only cheating is drinking ethanol.
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Old 10-03-2017, 04:55 AM
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It didn't make me want to get a real beer, I am feeling strong right now and it helped me be in that situation. I agree its probabaly not a great long term strategy though.
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Old 10-03-2017, 05:06 AM
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Originally Posted by JaimePique View Post
is this a decent strategy moving forward?
Been discussed here for years and the consensus is that it is very risky.

To thine own self be true.

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It's your choice. It's your sobriety. But I wouldn't do it.
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I bring non alcoholic beer and wine to parties. And when we are outside in the yard BBQing and just hanging around I will have a .5 beer. I've been sober 82 days now and it hasn't lead me to wanting the real thing. I don't miss the hangovers, sickness, bad health, detox. I won't put myself thru that again. However, I like the taste of beer. I'm in Canada and it's hockey season. There's nothing like a cold beer and watching the Wings play if you feel like it's making you happy and it doesn't give you cravings for actual booze then have at it. Everyone's recovery and sobriety is different. Do what works for you. take care. Xoxo
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Originally Posted by JaimePique View Post
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Does this count as cheating and if not, is this a decent strategy moving forward?

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on the 1st part- thats your choice.
on the second part, it seems that reaching out and asking answers it for you.

just because others can drink NA beer doesnt mean i can or want to. especially when there are a gazillion great tasting non alcoholic drinks that arent produced and bottled to look like alcoholic drinks.

i gave up my right to even attempt it, plus my sobriety is a very valuable posession i have- far too valuable to risk it.
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Old 10-03-2017, 08:12 AM
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I love having NA beer, but it doesn't trigger me at all. If it did, I would stop drinking it. To me, it's the best of both worlds! It is absolutely not cheating.

Just be honest with yourself. If you desire alcohol when you drink them, definitely stop. If you don't, enjoy yourself as you would with any other non-alcoholic drink.
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Old 10-03-2017, 08:56 AM
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Even "non-alcoholic" beer has alcohol in it, probably the same as orange juice, but if you drink enough you ll get a buzz, I tried it many years ago. I'd consider that a relapse for myself.
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If I did drink non alcoholic drinks I would not share that on this sober site.

Might cause someone to stumble?

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Originally Posted by DreamCatcher17 View Post
Even "non-alcoholic" beer has alcohol in it, probably the same as orange juice, but if you drink enough you ll get a buzz, I tried it many years ago. I'd consider that a relapse for myself.
Orange juice has alcohol in it?

Oh damn I drink tons of the stuff

NEVER would I have thought a soft drink could contain booze
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This subject comes up repeatedly here on S.R.

I keep my Recovery simple.Non-Alcoholic beer is for Non-Alcoholics.
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Originally Posted by 48heath View Post
This subject comes up repeatedly here on S.R.

I keep my Recovery simple.Non-Alcoholic beer is for Non-Alcoholics.
That's a fair point.
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Chilledice View Post
Orange juice has alcohol in it?

Oh damn I drink tons of the stuff

NEVER would I have thought a soft drink could contain booze
It does, .05 %. I think the difference is actually having something that tastes like beer, especially for someone so new, I just see a bad thing happening. I love OJ, but I also don't drink a gallon a day. lol
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Just my experience with this...

I tried this year's ago. I found I would still down 6 to 8 NA beers in an hour, the obsession with getting the very next one was still there. I didn't work for me at all, in fact it made me feel terrible.

Imagine drinking 8 soft drinks in an hours period and how it would make you feel.
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I have a hard time with this because I was an avid brewer and would have 40 gallons of beer on tap at any point in time. When I decided to stop drinking it was all or nothing, so I don't even want to walk down the beer aisle. I think you're playing with fire, but ultimately it's your choice. If you can make it work, then more power to you.
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Old 10-03-2017, 12:28 PM
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Congratulations on 8 days JaimiePique. I last drank an N/A beer back in the early 2000s when I was still drinking alcohol. I used to think they tasted revolting and so I personally have not wanted to try one. I have heard that they taste better these days.

What I would avoid would be that "social situation " itself. Stopping is always hard but slightly less so if you stay out of drinking routines and situations. It is not usually possible to avoid them for ever, just the first three months- ish is probably about enough.

Good luck.
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