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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)

Non-alcoholic drink review: Nonsuch Shrubs Wild Hedgerow and Rose Shrub

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A review of Nonsuch Shrubs Wild Hedgerow and Rose Shrub.

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

Product information

Available at Nonsuchsbrubs.com for £22 for a 500ml bottle

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 902Kj 212Kcal
Fat <0.1g
-of which saturates <0.1g
Carbohydrate 52g
-of which sugars 49.4g
Protein 0.6g
Salt <0.01g

Ingredients
Pear juice from concentrate, hedgerow fruits from concentrate (blackberry, elderberry, sloe, rosehip) 4%, rose water extract 2%, natural rose flavour, vitamin C.

Allergens are in bold.

Gently pastuerised. Once opened consume within 14 days.

Summary
A syrup which when diluted produces a fruity drink which is balanced with sourness. A small amount, around 25ml cuts through soda water well to give an interesting drink with good complexity. Aromas of rose petal, blackcurrant, pear and elderberry. Very good quality.

Score
8.0/10

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Beer review: Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild Alcohol-Free IPA

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A review of Athletic Brewing Co Run Wild Alcohol-Free IPA.

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

Product information

Available at drydrinker.com for £11.23 for six 355ml cans

Alcohol content: <0.5% abv

70 calories per can.

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 79Kj 19Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 4.3g
-of which sugars 1.2g
Protein 0.3g
Salt 0.01g

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

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
A nice hoppy IPA which finishes refreshingly bitter. Aromas of Pineapple, mango and resin. Very good quality.

Score
8/10

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Beer review: Big Drop Coba Maya Cerveza Alcohol-Free

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A review of Big Drop Coba Maya Cerveza Alcohol-Free.

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

Product information

Available at lightdrinks.co.uk for £1.89 for a 330ml can

Alcohol content: Never more than 0.5% abv

33 calories per can.

Hops: Hersbrucker Hallertau.

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 47.9Kj 11Kcal
Fat <0.1g
-of which saturates <0.1g
Carbohydrate 2.2g
-of which sugars 1.0g
Protein <0.5g
Salt 0.1g

Ingredients
Water, barley, lactose (milk), oats, rice, hops, yeast.

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
Very light, refreshing and easy drinking with a good bubbly mouthfeel. A very pleasant summer beer which could be enjoyed with a slice of lime Mexican beer style, with aromas of barley pale malt and rice.

Score
6.5

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Beer review: Infinite Session India Pale Ale Alcohol-free

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A review of Infinite Session India Pale Ale 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 Sainsbury’s for £4 for four 330ml cans

Alcohol content: <0.5%

Vegan friendly

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 50Kj 12Kcal
Fat 0.3g
-of which saturates (not disclosed)
Carbohydrate 2.2g
-of which sugars 1.8g
Protein 0.1g
Salt <0.01g

Ingredients
Water, barley, wheat, oats, hops, yeast.

Summary
Clean, crisp and easy drinking. Aromas of pale malt, resin, pine and fresh mango. A light flavour intensity, but very accessible due to its lower level of bitter hoppiness. A good summer thirst quencher and a lager drinkers IPA.

Score
7/10

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Beer review: Nirvana Brewery Classic IPA 0.5%

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A review of Nirvana Brewery Classic IPA 0.5%.

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 wisebartender.co.uk for £2.09 for a 330ml bottle

Alcohol content: 0.5%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 10Kcal
Fat 0.1g
-of which saturates less than 0.1g
Carbohydrate 1.7g
-of which sugars 0.1g
Protein 0.1g
Sodium less than 0.1g

Ingredients
Water, barley malt, hops, yeast.

Summary
Light-bodied to the point it does not feel like a beer and few bubbles – lacks good mouthfeel as a result. Simple. Lightly hopped with not much bitterness. Aromas of lemon, barley, malt and pine. A people pleasing easy drinking beer for summer. Fair quality.

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Torres Natureo De-alcoholised Garnacha Syrah review

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A review of Torres Natureo De-alcoholised Garnacha Syrah.

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 Sainsbury’s for £6

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 95Kj 23Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 3.5g
-of which sugars 3.5g
Protein 0g
Salt 0g

Ingredients
De-alcoholised wine made from Garnacha and Syrah grapes, preservative E-242 and sulphur dioxide.

Summary
A light wine similar to a Beaujolais, but doesn’t feel like a wine due to its excessively light body. Aromas of red fruits, black grape, blackcurrant and penny sweet bananas. Fair quality.

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Mango & Citra and Pineapple & Yuzu Cloudwater Soda review

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A review of Mango & Citra and Pineapple & Yuzu Cloudwater Soda.

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

Product information – Mango and Citra

Available at ahoppyplace.co.uk for £3.16 for a 440ml can

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 59Kj 14Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 3.5g
-of which sugars 3.5g
Protein 0g
Salt 8.5mg

Ingredients
Water, mango puree (20%), citra hops (0.1%), cumin, citric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, CO2.

Summary
Fruity and refreshing with a good mouthfeel of medium body and lots of carbonation. Aromas of mango, cumin, lemon and lime.

Product information – Pineapple & Yuzu

Available at ahoppyplace.co.uk for £3.04 for a 440ml can

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 28Kj 7Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 1.6g
-of which sugars 1.6g
Protein 0g
Salt 25mg

Ingredients
Water, pineapple puree (11.8%), yuzu juice (0.9%), motueka T90, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, CO2.

Summary
Ultra low in calories and carbs, but with bags of flavour. Pinaeapple, lime, lychee and rose petal notes.

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What are your thoughts?

Brewdog Nanny State review

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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 most supermarkets for £4 for four 330ml cans

Alcohol content: 0.5%

Nutrition information per 100ml

Energy 27Kj 6Kcal, Fat less than 0.1g -of which saturates less than 0.1g, Carbohydrate 1.2g -of which sugars less than 0.1g, Protein 0.1g, Salt less than 0.1g

Ingredients

Water, malted barley, hops, malted wheat, yeast, malted rye.

Summary

Complex and intense – an amazing work by Brewdog. Wheat, bread, pine, malt, husky cereal and a hint of orange on the palate. Exceptional quality.

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Stowford Press Apple Cider Low Alcohol review

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A review of Stowford Press Apple Cider Low Alcohol from Westons Cider.

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 £1 for a 330ml bottle.

Alcohol content: 0.5%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 122Kj 29Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 6.5g
-of which sugars 6.5g
Protein 0g
Salt 0g

Ingredients
Water, cider, apple juice, sugar, acidity regulator (malic acid), carbon dioxide, potassium metabisulphate.

Summary
A simple medium-dry cider that will be people pleasing and commercial. In a blind tasting you might not be able to tell it lacks alcohol. Good quality.

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What are your thoughts?