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Postby chrisgeb77 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:46 am

I bought a pack of these this week end do you think these are a gateway to relapse?
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Re: alcohol free beers/largers

Postby ann2 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:52 am

I don't, no, but some AA members do. I've heard it said that wanting the taste is the same as wanting the buzz. That hasn't been true in my experience, but your milage may vary. I did have one sponsee who found herself drinking 7 of these one right after another. That was a real wake up call for her.

When I got sober I was advised not to drink non-alcoholic beer, and I followed the suggestion. What has your sponsor said on the subject?

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Postby chrisgeb77 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:16 am

Hi Ann I haven't got a sponsor yet,I came home with these beers at the weekend and my wife really flipped out because she's afraid I become I will relapse
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Postby whipping post » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:12 am

I would have to question my motivation for why I wanted them. For the taste? For me I believe it would be a bad idea. Not something I would want to chance giving up my sobriety over.
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Postby Duke » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:37 am

Like Ann, I don't think there's a hard and fast rule about this, but I also can't tell you whether it's a "gateway" step for you or not. I know I felt pretty silly afterward the couple of times I've convinced myself to drink a non-alcoholic beer. I realized my motives were questionable and the time I'd spent thinking about it was a big waste of time. Who but an alcoholic could turn this into such an issue?

My thought is you should consider focusing on what you can do to practice these principles today, not whether or not to drink a non-alcoholic beer or not.
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Postby chrisgeb77 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:48 am

Ok thanks guys
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Postby Layne » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:56 am

I know that I should stay away from them. I tried them and wound up in the same hell hole. I can't answer for how anyone else's experience would turn out, but my experience with them was not favorable.
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Postby chrisgeb77 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:07 pm

Think I will stay away from then thanks for all of the advice
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Postby Lali » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:50 pm

Beverages sold as "Non-alcoholic beer" actually contain 3 to 5% alcohol. I know I wouldn't drink it even if I craved the taste because if I even drank one teaspoon of real beer, I would be off to the races and drinking alcoholicly in no time at all. So, I don't recommend it.
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Postby IllustratedMum » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:00 pm

I'm not a beer drinker, so my thoughts may not count! I'm a die-hard wine-aholic, for the taste and the buzz. I'm newly sober, 16 days today, and freely admit I've tried the non-alcoholic wines out there. I did have my husband check the bottle very closely for any lingering percentage of alcohol, there was none. I'm glad I tried them...they were nothing like the real thing and a total let-down. They did not make me turn back to wine, and I think that's because they were so far from the taste of real wine. I'm pretty happy with my club soda with a splash of grenadine.
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Postby chrisgeb77 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:07 pm

First of all well done with 16 days you should be really pleased with youself:) 136 days for me at the moment it does get a little easier like they say one day at a time or if ya can't do it in days do it in moments.. oh yeah the beer was Shute zx
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Postby chrisgeb77 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:09 pm

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Postby IllustratedMum » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:16 pm

Thanks, Chris! And you had me laughing out loud at your opinion of the "beers"!!! 136 days is awesome, somewhat scary though, being without my "constant companion" for so long.
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Postby chrisgeb77 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:19 pm

Yeah I know 20 years I was in denial it does get easier you've made the first step
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Postby chrisgeb77 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:22 pm

I'm new to this group stuff but if you need to talk I'm here
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