So here’s a question:
Is it safe for those in recovery or who are cutting out alcohol for a while to drink NA beers and/or kombucha?
Now, both of these beverages contain less than 0.5% alcohol, so for some, it’s not a problem. There have been unscientific experiments where people will have 15-20 kombuchas or NA beers and then see if they register on a breathalyzer. And they have failed.
So if you’re looking to get a buzz from these, you probably won’t succeed and you may want to examine why you want that buzz in the first place 😉
In recovery circles, the ideas of having anything with trace amounts of alcohol causes many lively debates.
Proponents of NA beers and kombucha will say that they are in it for the taste or the health benefits. That they feel like they can fit in at social events with an NA beer in hand. That it doesn’t threaten their sobriety at all and they have no intentions of stepping out of their sobriety.
Those against these drinks will say alcohol is alcohol, regardless of the amount. That it can “trigger” the craving for booze again. That they are skirting with danger and toying with their sobriety.
I know many people with long-term recovery who drink NA beers with no problems and I know others who go as far as finding non-alcoholic mouthwash, cough syrup and vanilla extract.
What comes up for me in this is one thing: intent.
I have no issues with anyone drinking these beverages. What you put into your body is non of my business.
But examine yourself before making the decision to purchase these drinks.
Are you secretly trying to reenact that feeling of drinking? Are you kinda hoping you feel a little *something* even though chances are you won’t? Are you looking to connect with what you thought drinking did for you? Is there an association / romanticism of the old days that you’re looking to trigger?
So in the end, the answer of is NA beer and/or kombucha safe for those in recovery or those cutting alcohol out for a while is – it depends on you .
If you find that it can poke the bear, or that you feel uncomfortable with it, then avoid it. Tons of other options out there!
If you find that it does nothing for you, your intentions are “clean” and doesn’t evoke old associations for you, then enjoy!
(Note: a poll I am running on Twitter has both sides 50/50 on it, so clearly this is totally dependent on the person!)
What are your thoughts on this?