Two questions I am often asked are “What makes a drink alcohol free” and “Are non-alcoholic wines and beers totally free of alcohol?”
It is physically impossible to remove 100% of the alcohol from fermented wines and beers but all non alcohol or low alcohol drinks must meet one of the UK’s legal definitions of a non-alcoholic beverage:
- ‘non-alcoholic’ – no alcohol at all;
- ‘alcohol free’ – is for drinks not above 0.05% abv (need to drink 100 bottles to beer equivalent to drinking one bottle of 5% abv lager);
- ‘de-alcoholised’ – is not above 0.5% abv (need to drink 24 glasses to be equivalent to drinking one glass of 12% strength wine);
- ‘low alcohol’ – is not above 1.2% abv (need to drink four bottles to be equivelant to drinking one bottle of 5% abv lager or ten glasses to be equivalent to drinking one glass of 12% abv wine).
For a non-drinker or booze free challenge (other than on religious or medical grounds), the first three categories could be drunk as they contain only the same alcohol as an overripe banana and orange juice left out for a while.
For my ‘365 Day Booze Free Challenge’ I cannot have the ‘low Alcohol’ drinks.
The taste of de-alcoholised wine is lighter and less robust than wines with alcohol, so they will not satisfy all palates, however, I find them lighter and smoother and very easy to drink. I particularly like the fact that there is no acidic after taste or a burning feeling in the back of my throat caused by Ethanol (alcohol).
The 5th November, 2016 was the first day of my ‘365 Day Booze Free Challenge’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillans will receive donations on a regular basis during the challenge through JustGiving and will not have to wait until the end of 365 days.