We previously looked at using low alcohol drinks in this post here. In this post, we’ll look at some of the low alcohol drinks actually available.
As regular readers will know we’re big fans of each person understanding and picking the right approach for them. So whether low alcohol drinks will work for you will depend on your individual health, lifestyle, work and social factors. Your own feelings and enthusiasm for change are also really important.
So whether cutting out all drinks with alcohol or drinking low alcohol drinks is right for you is a decision only you can make.You might find these questions here helpful for making your decision.
Here’s a selection of some of the low alcohol drinks available
Alcohol free wines
First up is Torres Natureo White which has 0.5% ABV
Gaby served this wine to her friends without telling them it had no alcohol and they thought it was lovely. She says it is
“Fruity and mild, it has flavours of nectarine, yellow plum and a floral touch”
Gaby also reviews a range of low alcohol wines in her very interesting post here. These include
- Flight Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott Estate
- Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato
- Selbach-Oster Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
- G.D.Vajra Moscato d’Asti 2015
Gaby also tells you how much these wines cost and where you can buy them, so well worthwhile looking at her post here.
Aldi Featherweight range
Aldil launched the Featherweight range which include a choice of Pinot Grigio or White Zinfandel in Irish stores in January. These wines retail for just €4.49 and have half the calories of other wines. Unfortunately they’ve just been withdrawn, I’m not sure why.
Alcohol free Beers
Alcohol free beers have come a long way. New beers are launching regularly. However many of them are not available in Ireland. Some beers still taste awful and most people believe they don’t taste like the real thing. But if you’re under pressure to be seen drinking they might be an option. I like alcohol free Erdinger(alkoholfrei ) but it is very gassy so I can never drink more than one.
Some of the newer beers are getting better reviews.
Heineken recently launched the Heineken 0.0 which has no alcohol.
Also launched recently is a lager- Pure Brew from Diageo which has 0.05% volume. They claim
The recommended pub price is €3.50 a bottle.
Other low alcohol drinks
If you can’t find any low alcohol drink that you like, you might want to try the Alcohol Free shop. They’re getting great reviews online. They sell a wide range of low alcohol drinks including beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. They ship to Ireland with a minimum order of 6 bottles which can be all different. They’ve put together mixed cases so you don’t even have to choose. Click here for their website.
Low alcohol drinks can be a good option
There is certainly still some way to go before the range of alcohol free drinks matches their alcohol versions. In England there’s a much wider range available with lower prices.
However the newer drinks are worth trying and can be a useful part of your tool kit for reducing your drinking.
If you’d like to find out more about reducing alcohol harm please click here.