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  • #30892
    Anonymous
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    I am interested if anyone has any thoughts on this.
    I had a bottle of zero alcohol beer over the weekend. It actually was not too bad. I went to pick up a few bottles this weekend at my local beer shop and they had quite a range. However, some of them are not actually 100% alcohol free. A few had alcohol 0.05%. I’m not sure whether I should try them. Clearly the amount is tiny and from what I understand they can be drunk by adherants to non alcohol religeons. the shopkeeper also said that similar levels of alcohol can be found in most things. They are all labelled alcohol free.
    As an alcoholic can I drink this?

    #159466
    Anonymous
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    Can you drink it without consequence? I don’t know. I’ve a had a few of these over the years and never had a problem. I know others who have done the same. I also know others that warn that drinking these leads to relapse, and some even say this constitutes a relapse.

    Personally, I’d be worried if I were hanging out in bars drinking these, or home alone every night doing the same. But I wouldn’t be worried because I was drinking the NA beer. I’d be worried about my thinking and my spiritual condition. But that’s me.

    #159488
    Anonymous
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    It’s not advised. Stick around and you’ll here a lot of stories about NA, most of them ended up with the alkie drinking real beer again. Self included.

    #159456
    Anonymous
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    Well…
    Sure…alcohol is naturally present in many foods.

    But I do not delibertly drink or eat alcohol.
    For me….
    then I would change my sobriety date.

    #159491
    Anonymous
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    Well… lets see, This is what I’ll tell my brain.

    The taste will go straight to the frontal lobes, as will that wonderful smell.

    The sound of the hissss as I twist off the cap.

    The feel of that cool bottle with the moisture clinging to it.

    The oh so familiar glug – glug – glug…

    That little glistining wet ring the glass leaves behind on the table…

    and the taste, oh the taste, that wonderful tangy and oh so familiar taste…

    The exixer of the gods…

    Those fizzy bubbles tickiling my throat.

    AAAAHHHHhhhhhhhh…..

    ??? !!! ARE YOU NUTS !!! ???

    No thanks,

    Not today,

    Ted

    #159492
    Anonymous
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    By the way, if you could taste the above post,

    You are in the right place!

    #159467
    Anonymous
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    You have touched upon on a very controversial subject. There is no right answer in my opinion. Here we are all different. And here are a couple more subjects that arouse controversy: gargling with Scope or Listerine, etc.; cooking with alcohol (even vanilla in those AA birthday cakes?); applying after-shave containing alcohol; having alcohol in the house (vanilla again?); taking prescription drugs (really thoroughly dealt with in our literature, but still creating controversy), as is going into bars for lunch with non-alcoholics and attending ordinary whoopee parties, etc.

    Another thing to look for in the answers you get is whether the answerer is sharing their experience (as we’re taught to do) versus their opinion. No offense guys, but how do you know what you would do?

    All that said, if I were worried about relapse, I wouldn’t do any of these things. But, I’m not. I gave my drinking problem to [God].

    #159493
    Anonymous
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    All kidding aside, I wouldn’t touch the stuff. I have had the experience of physical compulsion caused by medication and it was awful. I don’t even drink tonic water because I keep expecting the taste of vodka.

    I would rather be a little fearful of relapse then trying to prove to myself how strong I am.

    But, thats just me.

    Ted

    #159507
    Anonymous
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    Thanks everyone, the comments help.

    Clearly this is not as straightforward as I thought! To be honest I had only considered the physical addiction side of things and whether such a small amount of alcohol could trigger a relapse. It hadent occured to me that the actual drinking routine itself could lead me back into trouble. Its a good point.

    I have 32 days sobriety that I have worked hard for and I intend to build on that. I guess I’ll give them a wide berth for the time being.

    #159494
    Anonymous
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    Physical, Mental, and Spiritual!

    (physical is the EASY part…)

    #159489
    Anonymous
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    Quote:
    It hadn’t occurred to me that the actual drinking routine itself could lead me back into trouble.

    IMO, that’s actually the bigger issue than how much alcohol is or isn’t in the beer.

    #159468
    Anonymous
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    It isn’t the physical part that I’d be worried about either. Like you said, and I understand, there are minute amounts of alcohol in a lot of food and drink.

    Also, at 32 days, I would not go near any of the above mentioned things unless I absolutely had to. I’d probably even try to avoid a lucrative business meeting scheduled in a bar and grill.

    I’m curious Glass and Groucho, where do you guys stand on the other controversial issues I listed?

    #159503
    Anonymous
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    What’s the point?

    #159469
    Anonymous
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    @GrouchoTheCat 1473794 wrote:

    I would rather be a little fearful of relapse then trying to prove to myself how strong I am.

    Ted

    I have no strength when it comes to drinking alcohol, or not enough to make any real difference. I believe it’s all about grace.

    #159495
    Anonymous
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    @Barto 1473763 wrote:

    gargling with Scope or Listerine, etc.;
    cooking with alcohol (even vanilla in those AA birthday cakes?);
    applying after-shave containing alcohol; having alcohol in the house (vanilla again?);
    taking prescription drugs (really thoroughly dealt with in our literature, but still creating controversy), as is
    going into bars for lunch with non-alcoholics and attending ordinary whoopee parties, etc.

    if I were worried about relapse, I wouldn’t do any of these things. But, I’m not. I gave my drinking problem to [God].

    Don’t use mouthwash with alcohol, I actually drank listerene for a while, don’t reccommend it.

    I do use aftershave with ETOH, I use rubbing alc on cuts.

    Don’t have booze in house with the exception of vanilla and pepperment extract. Yes I do use those for baking.

    I don’t cook with alcohol or wine (used to when I was 4-5 yrs sober but not now).

    I have been to parties sober, weddings and the like, but I always leave myself an out in case I get uncomfortable.

    Don’t go into bars, have no reason to. Same for parties (no drinking friends in my life now).

    I have 6 weeks sober now and have had many relapses so right now I simply won’t tempt fate.

    My opinions may well change in the future, with continued sobriety, who knows?

    Anyhow God bless,

    Ted

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