When it comes to addicts and alcoholics in recovery, there are always many questions with regards to the reincorporation of day-to-day life, particularly social life. The path to recovery is different for every addict or alcoholic, many choose inpatient treatments other outpatient treatments, but the common factor is always the fear of staying sober and going back to everyday life. Recovery programs should always provide information and work on the necessary skills to cope in day-to-day reality and control those situations that can trigger cravings and temptations.
Attending parties or social gatherings is probably one of the most complicated scenarios for alcoholics in recovery, many times people can be uncomfortable drinking around them, or other times people might be unaware of the fact that they are recovered alcoholics and offer drinks left and right. Under this circumstances it is common to hear the question: Is drinking non-alcoholic beer safe and a good option for alcoholics?
Can Recovering Alcoholics Drink Non-Alcoholic Beer?
The question always comes with a good intention behind it as people believe this to be a good way for the recovering alcoholic to not feel “left out” and even minimize the risks of peer pressure. Others see it as a “safe” way for alcoholics to still be able to enjoy the taste of a beer without the intake of alcohol a regular beer has. But is it really “safe?”
The question on whether recovered alcoholics should drink non-alcoholic beer will always stir up debate, and there are strong opinions and reasons to vote in favor of it and against it. In the end, the choice to drink non-alcoholic beers in recovery is a completely personal one, but not one that should be taken lightly or without carefully analyzing the possible consequences.
The first thing you need to be aware of is that non-alcoholic beer contains very little to no alcohol. The most alcohol they can contain is up to 0.5% alcohol by volume. As harmless as that may sound, for someone with a severe alcohol addiction, this very small amount of alcohol and even the “taste” of beer could potentially trigger someone in recovery to want the real deal.
Missing “the party life” and looking for ways to recreate the feelings experienced when drinking is probably the biggest alarm and should raise all the flags for a recovered alcoholic to continue to work on his or her sobriety. Relapse is a real danger.
Sobriety is not only about not consuming alcohol or drugs; sobriety covers a lot more than that. It should be about changing your lifestyle all together and finding satisfaction in what you currently have in your life and different things that bring you additional happiness and fulfillment. It is also about finding out what leads you to drinking or using and working on improving yourself. If you find yourself wanting to go back to your bad habits, then you should discuss it with your recovery coaching or support group.
When you weigh the pros and cons of consuming non-alcoholic beer it seems as though the cons heavily outweigh the pros. However, if you are still considering trying non-alcoholic beer, it is best you first speak with a recovery coach that can further discuss with you the need and desire you have and whether it is a safe and smart choice for you and your recovery.
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