Ashwood Recovery Aims To Continue Spreading Facts Surrounding Alcohol Use

September 1, 2021 - Ashwood Recovery recently released a blog outlining the reasons for the existence of non-alcoholic beers and the effects these beverages may have on someone in recovery or still facing an addiction to alcohol.

Alcohol use disorder is prevalent in Idaho. The Idaho Office of Drug Policy explains that as of 2019 there were 75,000 Idahoans that were facing an alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol use also is a cause of 437 deaths on average annually. For these reasons, Ashwood Recovery remains committed to sharing as much information as possible with the public.

So what are non-alcoholic (NA) beers, is a question asked often. “Non-alcoholic beer is a beer with 0.5% or less alcohol by volume (ABV). Anything more than that is considered alcoholic,” the blog states.

It continues by saying, “For most general beers made in the United States, one bottle or can of beer will contain anywhere from 4% to 8% ABV. Simple math finds it would take 8-16 non-alcoholic beers to reach the amount of alcohol consumed by drinking one normal alcoholic beer.”

So if one is not planning on getting drunk from NA beers what is the point, one may ask. Many may consider NA beer as a replacement for alcoholic beer as they strive for recovery. Unfortunately, as the blog states, NA beer does not offer a benefit to most in recovery.

“If you’re looking for an answer with non-alcoholic beer, however, you may be disappointed,” the blog says. “The taste and even the smell of NA beer resemble beer so closely that treatment experts recommend avoiding it.”

There are two main reasons people in recovery from alcohol use disorder are recommended to avoid NA beer. The first is that NA beer actually still contains trace amounts of alcohol and the second is that the smell of NA beer resembles alcoholic beer and can cause euphoric recall.

“Euphoric recall is when a person in recovery has memories of the ‘good times’ a substance provided but doesn’t consider their full journey that includes the negative aspects of the substance use.”

To learn more about NA beers, read Ashwood Recovery’s blog post here.


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