Hi! I’m almost one month sober now, but Ive replacement beer for 0% alcohol beer and still drink a lot of that, what is your opinion on that? Should I not be doing this? And if not, any tips on how to stop?
I tried the same with wine. It did not work for me to replace wine with non alcohol. In the beginning yes, but it was not good enough and I ended up relapse. With non alcohol wine I Just kept feeding my problems.
Back in 2012, right after my first rehab I did the same. It didn’t work out, since the intention was still replacing the real stuff. Eventually it became the real stuff again. Now I even check when I drink something with flavour if I’m doing it with the right intentions , for the rest I stick with sparkling water.
Just my opinion… it didn’t work for me. It was playing with fire… sooner or later I had a real one. Sparkling water works well for me. Non alcoholic beer came with a price of being around alcoholics… and notice… you said you drank a lot of them…
I personally relapsed twice while trying the NA route but all people are different. I would suggest finding a healthier beverage though. I really like AHA waters and it gives me carbonation which i crave.
Whenever I have had AF ‘Beers’ or ‘Wine’ I’ve ended up relapsing, because I wasn’t truly giving up alcohol, there was still that small part of me not truly ready to stop completely so I would compromise by having AF beers.
After several relapses I realised theres no compromising with sobriety & I stopped fighting it, so this period of sobriety I have not had any AF drinks, have had no cravings, and can truly say I am sober. 588 days of freedom.
If it works for you and you can drink it without returning to alcohol then great - no need to feel like you are doing anything wrong.
If it does lead you down the path of alcohol abuse again, then don’t make the same mistake twice. It’s a simple as that
Whenever I drank AF beer I would end up relapsing. Didn’t work for me at all.
It’s a No from me
But whatever works for you
If the ABV is zero technically speaking you are still sober. I personally would not drink NA stuff because I think it would move me to start drinking again…
I’m with @ChrisR on this one.
There’s a lot of good threads about this topic.
Alcohol free beer - yes or no? Here’s one. You can search using the magnifying glass up above the top right.
But for me, I’m afraid of drinking non alcoholic drinks. I’m afraid my addicted brain will be yelling at me
GIVE ME WHAT I WANT! so I’m happy with sparkling water and lemon.
My recovered son drinks them once and awhile. Doesn’t seem to bother him.
For me, I stayed away from it. 1) I am almost certain it would lead me right back to the real stuff, 2) for me, getting sober took a whole life change.
I kinda see it as playing with fire especially in early recovery. The addiction demon will trick you back into the lie of ‘you’re missing out on fun, relaxation, etc’ because it knows deep down you are craving the real thing by drinking NA. Stay strong Fam
I drink it occasionally when going out, with no relapsing. Relapsing is merely a polite term for you wanting to drink again
I have never tried it but the one thing im concerned is you dont feel that the taste/smell or act of drinking the NA beer would cause a relapse?
What works for you is what works for you, I have no valueable input because i’ve never done it before I just imagine it not working well for me…
But if it works why question it. Just dont let any doubters put anything in your head, at the same time be honest with yourself.
I drink a lot of coca cola these days. Something I do not drink at all when I drink alcohol…
Personally. N/A beverages have helped me stay sober. Having N/A beer or cider has eased the awkwardness of socializing when others are drinking.