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Recently I tried an alcohol-free beer (several bottles of it). It was surprisingly good actually. I will probably take that more often in the future. Less bad for health, and much cheaper too, so good for my economy too. Not a trace of hangover, and no need to pee all the time either.

However, it is not completely alcohol-free. The law here states that anything with less alcohol that 0.5% can be considered alcohol-free, and this beer has 0.4% alcohol. Does that small percentage of alcohol affect health in any noticeable way? Or is it simply too small to matter?
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My guess is that this falls under the umbrella of insignificant toxins. Our immune system and filtration systems are constantly dealing with minute amounts of different toxins, and getting rid of those toxins doesn't seem to have guaranteed benefits.

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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 07:57:33 PM »
Just my opinion: Non-alcoholic beer (less than 0.5% alcohol) has an insignificant impact on your health, either beneficial or harmful.
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 03:03:41 PM »
Your replies make sense, thanks. :)
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2019, 03:15:48 PM »
You are basically drinking a hops-flavoured softdrink. So, the usual consideration about drinking sugary beverages apply. Always check the labels.
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2019, 03:23:30 PM »
Everytime alcohol has been free, it has significantly impacted my health >:D

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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2019, 04:02:41 PM »
You are basically drinking a hops-flavoured softdrink. So, the usual consideration about drinking sugary beverages apply. Always check the labels.
I was going to say something about this.  A large slug of empty calories(carbs even) probably not great for you but almost certainly better for you than actual beer.

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Everytime alcohol has been free, it has significantly impacted my health >:D
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019, 08:47:06 PM »
The law here states that anything with less alcohol that 0.5% can be considered alcohol-free, and this beer has 0.4% alcohol. Does that small percentage of alcohol affect health in any noticeable way? Or is it simply too small to matter?

It's not the percentage that causes the health problems, it's the total consumption.

  500 mL of 0.4% alcohol beer has the same alcohol health effect as
    50 mL of 4.0% alcohol beer.
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2019, 05:39:48 AM »
The law here states that anything with less alcohol that 0.5% can be considered alcohol-free, and this beer has 0.4% alcohol. Does that small percentage of alcohol affect health in any noticeable way? Or is it simply too small to matter?

It's not the percentage that causes the health problems, it's the total consumption.

  500 mL of 0.4% alcohol beer has the same alcohol health effect as
    50 mL of 4.0% alcohol beer.


...which is to say, no health problems at that level of consumption.
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2019, 05:47:31 AM »
You are basically drinking a hops-flavoured softdrink. So, the usual consideration about drinking sugary beverages apply. Always check the labels.
I was going to say something about this.  A large slug of empty calories(carbs even) probably not great for you but almost certainly better for you than actual beer.


Not entirely empty.  Beer, alcoholic or not, contains micronutrients.
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2019, 05:51:31 AM »
Recently I tried an alcohol-free beer (several bottles of it). It was surprisingly good actually.


I agree.  It is surprisingly good tasting, at least the stuff they have here in Germany. 
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2019, 06:20:05 AM »
You are basically drinking a hops-flavoured softdrink. So, the usual consideration about drinking sugary beverages apply. Always check the labels.
I was going to say something about this.  A large slug of empty calories(carbs even) probably not great for you but almost certainly better for you than actual beer.
I suppose it would depend on your calorie budget though?
It would only be a problem if it brought you into a calorific excess?
Maybe not great for your teeth though.

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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2019, 02:50:47 PM »
You are basically drinking a hops-flavoured softdrink. So, the usual consideration about drinking sugary beverages apply. Always check the labels.

It's not really a soft-drink, or at least it doesn't taste like such. It is an alcohol-free (well, 0.4%) IPA, i.e very different taste from Coke, Fanta, etc.
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Re: Does "alcohol-free" (0.4%) drinks affect health in any way?
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2019, 03:02:58 PM »
You are basically drinking a hops-flavoured softdrink. So, the usual consideration about drinking sugary beverages apply. Always check the labels.

It's not really a soft-drink, or at least it doesn't taste like such. It is an alcohol-free (well, 0.4%) IPA, i.e very different taste from Coke, Fanta, etc.
Flavour is irrelevant. It is a carbonated drink with added sugar. That's a softdrink.
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