Today I wanted to ask a question.
Is alcohol-free beer healthy?
Now I’ve done a good bit of searching around on this and to be honest, I couldn’t find a lot of information about it.
Whether the actual end product was healthy – whether it wasn’t healthy or not?
I found some good articles on:
That’s it’s good for you, if you want to go sleep, because of the hops in the alcohol-free beer.
That there’s some beneficial effects in other areas of your life.
If you, for instance, go to the gym and you want something that’s going to help you to recover very quickly, then alcohol-free beer can help you on that.
The process itself – I heard, somebody saying once – that alcohol-free beer was a lot unhealthier for you than regular beer, because of the process that it went through.
So I looked into that and I thought, well, let’s see what the process is.
From what I can gather – it’s bullshit.
The process of actually creating alcohol-free beer is the alcohol-free beer goes through all the same stages as normal alcoholic beer.
It even goes through the fermentation process.
So what you’ve got – the end result is the beer with the alcohol in it – and then they take the alcohol out of the beer.
So there are three different processes that the brewers can put the alcohol through to take all the alcohol out
One of them is heating, another one is vacuum distilling and the third one is what’s called reverse osmosis.
Now heating is the simplest one and the one that a lot of them use.
The boiling point of alcohol is a lot lower than the boiling point of water.
The boiling point of alcohol is 78°C, 173 F (seventy-eight degrees Celsius, one hundred and seventy- three Fahrenheit) – at sea level.
They don’t really boil the liquid, but they boil the alcohol and the alcohol boils off, because they’re heating up the process again.
The whole beer has already gone through the heating up process, in the early stages and now that this is the finished product and it shouldn’t be heated, they’re heating it up again in order to get rid of the alcohol.
The vacuum distilling method of doing this is another where they can heat up the thing.
Because it is in a vacuum the boiling point is a lot lower – 48°C, 120 F (Forty-eight degrees Celsius, one hundred and twenty Fahrenheit) which means that obviously it’s not being heated up as much.
Reverse osmosis is basically filtering.
So what they do is they filter out the water, and the alcohol I think, through a small series of filters that only the water and the alcohol can pass through; and they are left with this glumpy liquid.
They take their water and the alcohol, they heat that up, the alcohol evaporates and then they put that finished water back into the liquid again.
I’m not explaining this very well.
There are three processes and basically, it’s all about heating, it’s heating up the stuff.
One of the things I’d be careful about if you are going to drink non-alcoholic beers is just to look at the label because some of them are 0.5% alcohol.
In an ideal world, you don’t want that.
I’m all about – this whole channel is about – it’s not about the alcohol going into your system
You already have certain amounts of alcohol in your system, through the food that you eat and digestion processes and all that kind of stuff.
So having a small amount of alcohol isn’t going to do you any harm.
If you drink cough medicine for your cough or – there’s a lot of drugs out there – syrups and medicines and all that kind of stuff, that are going to have alcohol in them so, that’s not the point.
If you’re there and you’re desperate to get drunk and you’re trying to get drunk on alcohol-free beers, you’re not going to do it.
Some people will say “well because its alcohol in it then it’s going to drive you back to the alcohol”.
For me, I have an alcohol free beer at a celebration.
If I am going to a wedding I’m going to have an alcohol-free beer for the toast or whatever it is.
I might have the odd one if I’m out with family and I’m having a dinner.
The most I’ll have is two in an evening because . . . it’s just the purpose is gone for me.
The purpose now, in my new life, is to have something there to go, yeah cheers, and to be with everyone else.
To be honest in most bars and restaurants throughout the world if you’re not a drinker your choice is limited.
Outside of the bar, your choice is a lot broader, but inside of a bar, inside of a restaurant your choices are generally very low.
I’m going to start doing some videos on mocktails and different types of drinks you can have.
I don’t know if anyone will be interested in that but let me know in the comment section whether you want me to do that.
I think it’s just to broaden your horizons and just to let you know that there is a lot more out than just the normal alcohol drinks that you get at the bar.
So that’s the only reason I do that.
I’ve got an acquired taste for the malt and the hops and stuff.
Alcohol hasn’t really got a taste.
The main thing for me is that I’m out of that loop now of getting drunk.
I don’t feel the effects of drinking an alcohol-free beer.
The alcohol-free beer that I always drink is zero-zero, there is no alcohol in it.
There probably is a trace amount of alcohol – they can’t get everything out of it – but like I say you know, you have to be realistic with these types of things.
At the same time – do I recommend it for somebody who is trying to quit drinking?
It’s too close to the old thing.
It’s close in one way and it’s not close in another way.
If you’re just coming off beer and you’re drinking alcohol-free beer, you’re going to notice a difference.
You’re going to see that there’s something missing there and it’s that something missing which might drive you to go back to the old full alcohol beers, in my opinion.
When I first had an alcohol free beer, it was a year . . . after, maybe six months a year, I can’t really remember.
It was a long time after I stopped and I hadn’t tasted a beer in a long time.
This beer didn’t taste any different to me, it just tasted like beer.
It was without the alcohol.
Without the threat of it damaging me.
Without the threat of me getting up in the morning with a hangover, but without it interfering with my life.
I’m not sure how I would have reacted if I had started drinking alcohol-free beer straight away.
The whole thing is to get you out of this lifestyle.
To get you away from the life that involves alcohol.
Going to pubs, going to bars and going to restaurants where you regularly drink.
It’s to extract the alcohol from the habit.
Extract the habit of alcohol from your life.
Extract the routine and you can’t do that if you’re continuing to drink alcohol-free beer, in my opinion.
There’s probably been people who have successfully done this but, I wouldn’t recommend it, for at least a few months anyway.
Until you’ve escaped from that routine, I’d always try and stay away from that kind of stuff.
Anyway, I am going to leave it there for now.
Is alcohol-free beer healthy?
I think it’s healthier than the alcohol version, simply because they’ve taken the fucking toxins out of it; ergo, it’s got to be healthier than the alcohol version.
From what I can see the processes of removing the alcohol don’t really do anything to poison the finished product.
I think the finished product is healthier because they’ve taken the alcohol out of it.
That’s it’s for today.
“You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits and surely your habits. . . will change your future”
Until next time…
Keep the alcohol out of your mouth.
Onwards and Upwards!