What’s non alcoholic beer ?
Alcohol free beer is not non alcoholic, it does still contain some alcohol. It often contains around about 0,5%. A beer can be called alcoholic free from 1%.
Non alcoholic beer is beer with no alcohol content and aims to reproduce the taste of beer without the inebriating effects of standard alcoholic brews. Most non alcoholic beers are lagers, but there are some low alcoholic ales.
In the United Kingdom, the following definitions apply by law :
- No alcohol or alcohol-free: not more than 0.05% ABV
- Dealcoholized: over 0.05% but less than 0.5% ABV
- Low-alcohol: not more than 1.2% ABV
It is against the law to serve alcohol to minors, so kids can’t drink alcoholic beer.
Is it safe for kids to drink non alcoholic beer?
Most non alcoholic beers still contain a small trace of alcohol, usually not more than 0.5%, which is still illegal for minors to purchase.
Seeing as it began as a normal beer and tastes like beer, most state governments don’t want to encourage underage alcohol consumption by allowing NA beer consumption. It gives the consumer a “taste” for beer that may contribute to the further exploration of real alcohol. AKA Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Why kids will drink non alcoholic beer ?
Regardless of the safety aspect of the product, non-alcohol beer is designed specifically for adults aged 20 years and older. It’s really just low alcohol beer, but it has calories without any nutritional value for kids.
Despite the product not containing any alcohol, it tastes very much like the real thing and so it is feared that non alcoholic beer could spark an interest in drinking among those who are still underage. Therefore, its consumption by minors is highly discouraged.
There’s also research that has been carried out into the possible damaging effects of minors drinking non-alcohol beer as well. Youngsters who start drinking during puberty are more likely to develop alcohol dependence issues.
How to prevent kids from drinking alcoholic beer ?
It is advised that adults don’t recommend alcoholic beer to minors. On occasion you can let the kids have a sip or two of non-alcoholic beer, but never given them their own. It has more negatives than positives for a child to consume.
Beer is an aquired taste. Getting used to the taste young would make it easy to slip into drinking normal beer earlier.
With regards alcohol you wouldn’t distinguish between 0% or any other % of alcohol, it’s always a poor choice for children. As adults you are informed enough and responsible enough to make the choice for yourselve, and suffer the consequences yourselve , but children are not informed or responsible.
Is alcohol free beer also addictive, and does it therefore attract minors to much to alcoholic beer?
It is often seen as a gateway if you let kids buy bottles of alcohol free beer it gets them in to drinking at a young age and as a younger body is still not fully developed it can lead to health issues or dependency on alcohol from an early age.
So it really comes down to not enough research on how a younger body can processes it and it is really hard to get that research done as we don’t really want to be giving alcohol to kids.