Monday 15 August 2022

It's beer, Jim, but not as we know it

 It's beer, Jim, but not as we know it

Actually, that's a misquote, but nichevo.

I've never been a big drinker (except in my late teens, when I got bladdered a few times). But I do enjoy a pint of beer, especially in this hot weather.

So when I found that I had liver cancer, and they cut out most of my liver to cure me, I gave up alcohol altogether, including coq-au-vin and other foods cooked with wine.

Six months after the operation, my liver has regrown, and (I hope) is back in business. I'm still not a big drinker, but I still enjoy a pint of beer. Except that now, it's "non-alcoholic" beer.

Which, it seems, isn't what you'd think. In my naivety, I assumed that non-alcoholic means ... no alcohol. But apparently not. Apparently you can still call it "non-alcoholic" if it has 0.5% alcohol . Normal beer is around 5%, ten times stronger.

Some non-alcoholic beers really are devoid of alcohol; you find out when you read the side of the can or bottle.

Right now, I'm drinking about two bottles per day; some 0.5% and some 0%. That works out at about one bottle of normal beer per week, and I'm thinking that my liver should be able to cope with that.

So why drink this stuff? Obviously, not to get drunk. It's because I like the taste, and in this weather, it's a good idea to get lots of liquids.

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