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What are the benefits of alcohol-free drinks?

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Alcohol-free drinks are growing rapidly in popularity and are becoming much more commonplace. But why are alcohol free drinks becoming so popular? What is the point of alcohol-free drinks anyway?

A recent survey carried out by Opinium showed that people gave the following reasons for drinking no and low alcohol drinks in the past 12 months:

  • 39% Drink at times when it would not be appropriate to have something stronger (such as when driving or getting up early the next day)
  • 36% Taste
  • 33% To cut down
  • 22% Out of curiosity
  • 18% Drink alongside conventional drinks
  • 15% Friend/family member recommended/offered
  • 10% Seen, read or heard about these drinks
  • 8% Illness or to improve health
  • 8% To help take part in temporary abstinence
  • 7% Recovering from alcohol dependency
  • 5% Reduce possibility of impulsive behaviour or poor judgement
  • 5% Pregnant/supporting pregnant partner
  • 3% Avoid sober shaming/to fit in
  • 3% Religious reasons

I carried out a survey of 37 people this year who were mostly middle-class professionals in the age range of 26-45. It showed their top five reasons to buy alcohol-free drinks were:

  • 38% To cut down on alcohol consumption
  • 24% To reduce calorie intake
  • 19% To drink in place of alcohol in the week
  • 19% To improve physical health
  • 16% To improve mental health

Other reasons mentioned included: religious reasons, to feel better the next day and to be able to offer something to guests who are not drinking.

As you can see, there are many reasons why these drinks are becoming so popular. What is your reason for being interested?

There are also some alcohol-free drinks which have added functional ingredients which are supposed to provide a specific health benefit, but this subject will be covered in another blog post!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook on @drinksacademyuk for alcohol free reviews and news, to help you discover alcohol free drinks that you will love.

References

NoLo-drinks-and-alcohol-related-harms-Sept-2020.pdf (smf.co.uk)

Intune soft drinks with 10mg active CBD

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Drinks review: Intune Elderflower and Hops, Intune Pomegranate and Ginger and Intune Grapefruit and Mint with 10mg Active CBD.

The drink samples in the video wer provided by Intune. The review of the products is my own view.

Product information

Available at Tame Tipple for £2.19 for a 250ml can

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Elderflower and Hops

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 69Kj 16Kcal
Fat 0.1g
-of which saturates <0.1g
Carbohydrate 3.6g
-of which sugars 3.5g
Protein 0.2g
Salt <0.01g

Ingredients
Spring water, apple juice from concentrate, beet sugar, citric acid, natural rose and elderflower and hop flavourings, CBD botanical extract, emulsifier: soya lecithin (soya lecithin is used to make the CBD water soluble).

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
A grown up soft drink with apple, elderflower and honey flavours and a slight sweetness well-balanced with subtle hoppy bitterness. Nice tingly texture from the bubbles. Very good quality.

Score
8/10

Pomegranate and Ginger

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 61Kj 14Kcal
Fat 0.1g
-of which saturates <0.1g
Carbohydrate 3.6g
-of which sugars 3.2g
Protein <0.1g
Salt <0.01g

Ingredients
Spring water, apple juice from concentrate, beet sugar, plum juice from concentrate, citric acid, natural ginger and pomegranate and black pepper flavourings, CBD botanical extract, emulsifier: soya lecithin (soya lecithin is used to make the CBD water soluble).

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
A grown up soft drink with flavours of ginger, pomegranite and apple. Good quality.

Score
7.5/10

Grapefruit and Mint

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 73Kj 17Kcal
Fat 0.2g
-of which saturates <0.1g
Carbohydrate 3.9g
-of which sugars 3.4g
Protein <0.1g
Salt <0.01g

Ingredients
Spring water, quince juice from concentrate, beet sugar, citric acid, natural passion fruit and grapefruit and mint flavourings, CBD botanical extract, emulsifier: soya lecithin (soya lecithin is used to make the CBD water soluble).

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
A grown up soft drink with flavours of mint and grapefruit. Good quality.

Score
7.0/10

What are your thoughts?

You might also like this review of Binary Botanical Beer.

Beer review: UNLTD Alcohol Free IPA

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A review of UNLTD Alcohol Free IPA.

The drink sample in the video was provided by UNLTD. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at Tame Tipple for £2.20 for a 330ml bottle. Free delivery over £30. We will make a small commission from sales from this link.

Alcohol content: 0.5%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 19Kj 4Kcal
Fat 0.1g
-of which saturates 0.1g
Carbohydrate 1.0g
-of which sugars 0.1g
Protein 0.1g
Salt 0.02g

Ingredients
Water, malted barley, maltodextrin, wheat, hops, yeast.

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
Refreshing hoppy bitterness is well balanced with the tropical fruit, lemon and malt flavour. An extremely healthy beer with just 13 calories per bottle and just 1g of carbs and 0.1g of sugars per 100ml. That is amongst the lowest I have seen. Winner of the bronze medal in the 2021 World Beer Awards. It is very impressive that they have made something so tasty without the calories. Good quality.

Score
7.5/10

What are your thoughts?

Non alcoholic drink review: Lyre’s Italian Spritz and Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso

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A review of Lyre’s Italian Spritz.

The drink sample in the video was provided by Lyre’s. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at drydrinker.com for £22.99 for a 700ml bottle

Alcohol content: 0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 350Kj 83Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 20g
-of which sugars 20g
Protein 0g
Salt 5mg

Ingredients
Water, sugar, natural flavouring, Sunset Yellow Colour, Azorubine Colour, acidity regulator (phosphoric acid), preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

Summary
A delicious and fruity bittersweet drink, delicious with tonic over ice and garnished with a slice of citrus (lemon, lime or grapefruit all work). Notes of bergamot, bitter orange, lemon, lime, rhubarb and herbs. Exceptional.

Score
9.5/10

A review of Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso.

The drink sample in the video was provided by Lyre’s. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at drydrinker.com for £22.99 for a 700ml bottle (currently comes with free Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic)

Alcohol content: 0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 73.8Kj 17.4Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 4g
-of which sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Salt 0.9mg

Ingredients
Water,non-alcoholic fermented grape juice concentrate, sugar, natural flavouring, caramel sugar syrup, colouring concentrate from carrot, preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Stabiliser: Cellulose Gum (E466), acid: Citric Acid.

Summary
A slightly bitter and sweet, very delicious fruity drink, perfect with tonic. Flavours of vanilla and citrus (bitter orange peel, bergamot, lime) up front with almond notes coming through on the finish. Exceptional.

Score
9/10

What are your thoughts?

If you like the sound of these drinks, you should also look at my review of Crodino.

Dry January’s 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer initiative is being supported by Erdinger Alkoholfrei

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Bavarian brewery ERDINGER Weissbräu is backing the Move charity initiative ‘5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer (5KYW)’, for its UK ERDINGER Alkoholfrei Dry January activity for the second year running. 5KYW is a community initiative that encourages those living with and beyond cancer to meet at designated parkrun events on the last Saturday of every month to help them derive the benefits of exercise whilst socialising in a supportive environment. 

We have reviews of Erdinger Alkoholfrei and Erdinger Alkoholfrei Grapefruit on this website.

ERDINGER Alkoholfrei country manager Peter Gowans explained “Rather than talking about giving up alcohol for Dry January, we want to make more people aware of the role that exercise and alcohol-free beer can play within a balanced lifestyle. As a long-time supporter of marathons, triathlons and cycling events around the world, ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is asking people to make a commitment to complete a 5k their way, every week for five weeks as a positive start to 2022 and which they can continue as a lifestyle choice throughout the year. 

“We want people to complete a 5k their way every (Alkohol) Freiday, starting on 31st December 2021 through to the end of January 2022, making a £5 contribution to 5KYW for each one completed. They can do the 5k in whatever way they can safely manage and that works for them; run, walk, cycle, paddle, skateboard, roller skate, or even hop! Alone or with friends, anything goes, and they can even chunk the 5k down into smaller distances over the week if they would like to. There will be social media spot prizes for those taking part, including acknowledgement for the most innovative and inspiring participants as it really is 5k YOUR Way! Everyone who joins in will know that they are making a difference by getting more active themselves and supporting a small but life-changing charity at the same time.” 

Move charity organises a series of support mechanisms, including an online cancer rehab programme for children and young people, as well as coordinating 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer support groups at parkruns on the last Saturday of every month. 5KYW is a coffee morning with a difference and welcomes anybody affected by cancer in any way. The groups walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer as they seek the benefits of exercise including reducing cancer related fatigue, improving psychological wellbeing and helping to preserve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness. But most importantly, the meet ups are social, fun and supportive. 

One of the co-founders of 5KYW is former Ironman Champion and long-term member of the Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei elite sports group, Lucy Gossage who now focuses on her work as an oncologist. Lucy added “Exercise is so important in our lives and it offers so many benefits for those living with, and beyond, cancer. The 5KYW groups that meet at parkrun are inspirational and uplifting. Over the last year we have been able to expand the support we offer those living with and after cancer through online workshops and Move Your Way exercise Sessions, the Move Against Cancer podcast and an ever-growing collection of educational and inspirational resources from members of our community and cancer and exercise experts. We know there is so much more that we can do to help people and the ERDINGER Alkoholfreiday challenge will be a huge step in implementing our ambitious plans for 2022.” 

Anyone undertaking all five 5k’s will receive a customised medal to mark the achievement and there will be ERDINGER Alkoholfrei goodies given as spot prizes for participants every week. The popular wheat beer has become synonymous with endurance events and an active lifestyle thanks to its isotonic properties which helps to quickly replace lost fluids and quench thirst after exercise. In January 2021, the partnership between 5KYW and ERDINGER Alkoholfrei generated over £5,000 and the hope is that more people will get involved in 2022 to make an even bigger impact.  

“As a successful professional triathlete, Lucy made such a positive contribution to Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei” added Peter Gowans “and now she’s making a huge difference to other people’s lives through the 5KYW initiative, provided by MOVE Charity. Given her commitment, it is only right that ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is giving something back and supporting her and the 5KYW team as they continue such important and pioneering work.” 

“People living with and beyond cancer have been badly affected by the COVID pandemic” continued Lucy Gossage “and many are feeling more isolated than ever. Our established groups are now back up and running again but with the support of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei and people who take part in the Alkoholfrei-day 5KYW campaign, we will be able to make even more of a difference in 2022.” 

Anyone who wants to start off the New Year with a positive resolution can join in with ERDINGER Alkoholfrei-days by registering at https://resultsbase.net/event/6040. The first day of the campaign is Friday 31st December 2021 but participants can complete their activity at any point in the week and for as many weeks as they like and either upload a Garmin tracker, or record details manually. Entry is by donation to the 5k Your Way Move Against Cancer initiative of £5 for each week of participation and photos or stories submitted from activity will be welcome for use on social media.  

https://resultsbase.net/event/6040

https://5kyourway.org/

https://www.justgiving.com/move-charity

Facebook: 5k your way: move against cancer 

Twitter: @cancer5kYourWay 

Instagram @5kyourway 

www.carlsbergmarstons.co.uk 

https://uk.erdinger.de/

Facebook: @erdinger.alkoholfreiUK 

Twitter: @ErdingerAF_UK 

About 5k Your Way Move Against Cancer 

MOVE charity was founded in 2016 by international athlete Gemma Hillier-Moses who was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkett’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2012 at the age of 24. She was told to rest and was not given any advice or help about exercising and cancer. 

Oncologist and ex-professional triathlete, Lucy Gossage, championed the benefits behind exercising with and beyond cancer to her colleagues and patients but there was no platform to signpost them to. Gemma and Lucy united to launch 5k Your Way Move Against Cancer and there are currently 55 active 5k Your Way groups across the UK and Ireland involving over 185 ambassadors who all volunteer to lead their group, with every group linked to their local parkrun event. 

Their goal is to encourage everyone diagnosed to live a healthy and active life and give them the opportunity to attend one of the 5k Your Way groups to start Moving Against Cancer. With co-founders Gemma and Lucy at the forefront of 5KYW, the community is made up of participants and volunteers; individuals who have been affected by cancer.  

About ERDINGER Alkoholfrei – The sporty thirst-quencher 

ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, the non-alcoholic beer with isotonic properties, is a true multi-talent. Spicy malt notes harmonise excellently with caramel-sweet nuances. Enjoyment is enhanced by the stimulating bitterness of our aroma hops and a hint of light, fruity acidity. This is rounded out by finely sparkling carbonic acid.   

Isotonic drinks have the same so-called osmotic pressure (approx. 290 mOsmol/kg) as human blood, i.e. they have the same concentration of dissolved particles. As a result, the concentration of such drinks does not first need to be compensated by the body and the ingredients can be absorbed immediately and enter the bloodstream. ERDINGER Alkoholfrei also contains vitamins B9 and B12 which promote the normal functioning of the body’s immune system. A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are important and ERDINGER Alkoholfrei supports these choices. 

Skinny Tonic – Drink Review

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A review of Skinny Tonic Mediterranean, and the Skinny Tonic range. The video includes Skinny Tonic British Raspberry, Blueberry, Pink Grapefruit, Light Citrus, Indian Tonic and Ginger Ale.

The drink samples in the video were provided by Skinny Tonic. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information – Mediterranean Tonic

Available at skinnytonics.com for £14 for a 24 pack of 150ml cans

At time of writing there is the following deal: Use code HALLOWEEN20 to get two cases of 24 for just £20

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 5Kj 1Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 0g
-of which sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Salt 0g

Ingredients
Carbonated spring water, citric acid, natural flavourings, natural quinine, natural sweetener (Stevia extract).

Allergens are in bold.

Summary

Arguably the healthiest tonic range out there at the moment! They have a more subtle taste of quinine compared to other tonics, such as Schweppes, which is a good thing as this does not overpower the botanicals in delicate gins. Stevia extract is used in place of sugar, a natural alternative to man made sweeteners, such as Aspartame and Sucralose. It does have a lingering taste of sweetener, which is comparable to the taste of other sugar free tonics.

The range stands up well against other sugar free tonics, but cannot be said to be as pleasant as the sugar-filled Fever Tree tonics.

The Mediterranan tonic is a good example of the range. It has an aroma of lemon peel citrus with a subtle hint of thyme and basil. Very good quality.

Others in the range that are worth trying are the pink grapefruit, light citrus, blueberry and raspberry. I would recommend trying a selection to see which one is your favourite, as it all comes down to personal preference!

Score
8/10

Cotswold Green No 1 alcohol free gin makes an appearance in the video too and can be found here:

https://www.cotswoldtrading.com/gifts-c7/boutique-spirits-c174/cotswold-green-no-1-non-alcoholic-spirit-70cl-p24386

A related article on Stevia vs Aspartame:

Stevia vs Aspartame

A related article on Stevia vs Sucralose:

https://swolverine.com/blogs/blog/stevia-vs-sucralose-whats-the-difference

What are your thoughts?

Binary Botanical 0.5 Botanical Beer – Beer Review – A beer that tastes like wine?

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A review of Binary Botanical 0.5 Botanical Beer.

The drink sample in the video was provided by Binary Botanical. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available from: Tame Tipple.

Please note, we will make a small commission from sales from the above link. It really helps keep the channel going. Thank you.

Alcohol content: Less than 0.5%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 18Kcal
Fat <0.1g
-of which saturates Not disclosed
Carbohydrate 3.6g
-of which sugars <0.1g
Protein 0.1g
Salt Not disclosed

Ingredients
Water, malted barley, corn extract, hops, natural flavours.

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
A delicate, complex and fruity beer that wine drinkers will love. In many ways it tastes more like wine than beer, it is not bitter and is fruity and floral, with aromas of Prosecco, white peach, apricot, grapefruit peel, gooseberry and a hint of elderflower. Very good quality.

Score
8.5/10

What are your thoughts?

Bemuse Sparkling Low Alcohol Mead (Ginger and Cardamom) – Drink review

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A review of Bemuse Sparling Low Alcohol Mead Ginger and Cardamom.

The drink sample in the video was provided by Bemuse Mead. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at wisebartender.co.uk for £3.49 for a 330ml can.

Alcohol content: 0.5% abv

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 51Kj 12Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 2.2g
-of which sugars 2.2g
Protein 0g
Salt 0g

Ingredients
Water, apple blossom honey, yeast, ginger and cardamom.

Summary
Refreshing and light with flavours of honey and hints of ginger, cardamom and green apple. Serve chilled. Ice is optional, but be aware that it could dilute the drink, which is already quite subtle.

Score
8/10

What are your thoughts?

Guiness 0.0 Alcohol Free – Beer Review

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A review of Guiness Draught 0.0 Alcohol Free.

The drink sample in the video was purchased by Drinks Academy and the review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at Asda for £4 for four 440ml cans

Alcohol content: Not more than 0.05% abv

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 71Kj 17Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 3.8g
-of which sugars 0.7g
Protein 0.3g
Salt 0g

Ingredients
Water, malt, barley, roast barley, fructose, natural flavourings, nitrogen and hops.

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
Roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Tastes about as close to a normal Guiness as you could expect from an alcohol free. They’ve done a very good job. Very good quality.

Score
8/10

What are your thoughts?

Drink review: Crodino 1965 Aperitivo (non-alcoholic)

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A review of Crodino 1965 Aperitivo (non-alcoholic).

The drink sample in the video was provided by Crodino. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at Amazon.co.uk for £5.95 for three 175ml bottles

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 255Kj 61Kcal
Fat0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 15g
-of which sugars 15g
Protein 0g
Salt 0.01g

Ingredients
water, sugar, flavours, carbon dioxide, acid: citric acid, sodium chloride, colourants: E150b, E110 (may have adverse effect on activity and attention in children).

Summary
Intense flavours of bitter orange, citrus and herbs. Bittersweet, sophisticated and delicious.

Score
9/10

What are your thoughts?