From JC:This guest post has raised an interesting question. I’ve heard people in AA say that a recovering alcoholic should shy away form beverages that taste like beer which are non-alcoholic, such as O’dules. My personal opinion is that if someone is serious about staying sober, they will not flirt with people, places or things that may cause them to drink again. Actually, I think I read somewhere that O’dules is an alcohol reduced beverage not non-alcoholic.
Guest post: Lisa
I posted my story some months ago. Its been about 8 months now and I am still living with the alcoholic. I say that he is because even though I do not see any beer being brought home, I still have a hard time believing that he is not drinking. I seem to always ask myself questions when he is around, like looking at his eyes for clues or wondering what he drank when he went to lunch at a sports bar etc. But recently he deceided to start drinking non alcoholic beer. He makes comments such as “if I would have known 18yrs ago that I could drink all the beer I wanted and not get drunk I would have”. These comments make me angry. I have mentioned to him that alcholics should not submit to drinking non alcoholic beer but he thinks its ok. But it is not for me and my kids. It brings back bad memories. Does anyone out there have any advice?
From JC: Lisa, thank you for taking the time to share more of your situation with us. There were a few articles that came to mind as I read about your situation.
All three of these articles will have a few good tips on how to cope with this situation better. I think that the beginning of recovery for those of us dealing with alcoholics starts with learning how to let them live their lives as they choose. If he wants to drink non-alcoholic beer there’s not much that can be done about that. You can, however, begin to learn about the things you are powerless over.