Our expert says:
If you love the bitter taste of beer so much, why settle for an imitation version? Go ahead and have the real thing, as, believe me, this is exactly what will happen further down the line.
I'm not being facetious or nasty, but it has been shown over the years that people in recovery who experiment with alcohol-free drinks usually go back to the real thing.
As someone once said in an AA meeting, "drinking alcohol-free beer is like having sex with a blow-up doll." Indeed.
You're busy with delusional foreplay actually, just before the real thing. Let's say a cocaine addict has the same approach.
He loves the way cocaine looks and smells, so he settles for schnaffing baby powder or Grandpa Headache powder.
How insane is that? Er, actually just as insane as a recovering alcoholic drinking alcohol-free beer.
Your denial is creeping back and the danger lights are flickering. You should speak to your sponsor ASAP as well as with someone who has had a long period of clean time.
What is also worrying is the time you've put into "researching" which beers are alcohol-free! And then the rationalisation that follows: "...I have never enjoyed something sweet."
Come on Don, you're dancing with danger here. If you don't like something sweet, have a sparkling mineral water with a slice of lemon.
Put the same amount of "research" into finding drinks which aren't sweet. And I'm not alluding to alcohol-free beer.
Right now, your though processes around this issue are worrying. If you haven't been attending meetings, you should consider going back to them.
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