I've lived in Europe now for a good many years, so there have been some surprises about food and alcohol content for me.
The first was chocolàtes in Italy. I finally came to the concusion that almost all chocolates around Christmas time contain liquor. I didn't have any bad experiences because the people I was with tried them first, they all were amazed at how heavily alcoholic the chocolates were! My husband even thought there was a chance he could get drunk from only a few of the things!
Next was the range of coffees. There are a few coffees that contain a spike of the stuff as well. Especially in summer the iced coffee type drinks can be of that variety. Of course Tirimisu, the famous Italian desert,is loaded. Then there are flans, flambe and even custards and crepes that have a bottle waved over them. Last year I was surprised to find wine listed as an ingredient on a jar of Foi Gras, for goodness sakes! Nobody in France or Italy thinks of mentioning alcohol content in restaurants in my experience.
I probably need to hire a food taster, until then, I just ask whoever I'm dining with to give me the heads up if anything is spiked. My abstinance from alcohol is no surprise to anyone who knows me anymore, so although I don't broadcast my membership in the fellowship unless asked in detail about how or why I don't drink, everone knows I'm a non- drinker.
I know it can be a jolt that after a few years of sobriety an innocent evening turns into a mine field. I get in the habit of smelling food before I taste it. My sense of smell is enough to give me a hint that maybe I should verify the ingredients somehow, read the lable, ask a nearby friend, or, last resort, ask the cook.
" Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house." page 98 A.A.