Sales of non-alcoholic beer are on the rise in many countries, as supermarket shelves are increasingly filled with 0% alcohol content beer. This is good news from a medical point of view, because excessive alcohol consumption can reduce life expectancy by 20 years. Which is much more than tobacco, which reduces life expectancy by an average of ten years. Alcohol, even in small amounts, is carcinogenic (causes cancer). Alcohol kills by disease (eg hepatitis) or accidents 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to the WHO.
Two main reasons for this wise choice for health
The increase in non-alcoholic beer sales is probably related to two reasons. The first is that the taste of non-alcoholic beers compared to those with alcohol has been greatly improved in recent years. It is true that we still feel a small difference but except perhaps for enthusiasts, non-alcoholic beers are completely “drinkable”. Some even go so far as to say that there is no longer any difference in taste between a beer with or without alcohol.
The second reason is a basic trend, young people have less desire to drink alcohol seeking a healthier lifestyle than their elders. In most Western countries teenagers start drinking alcohol later than 40 years ago. Young adults between the ages of 20 and 40 are also drinking less alcohol. In the year 2000, 47% of the world’s population drank alcohol (at least one alcoholic drink per year) compared to 43% in 2016, according to the WHO.
Beer manufacturers seem to have understood this well since around 50 beer brands now have a non-alcoholic beer of their brand.
Non-alcoholic beer is low in calories
An advantage of beer with alcohol-free, in comparison with other drinks, except water, is its low amount of calories. This makes it an ideal drink for any season. For your next party also consider buying non-alcoholic beer. Your guests will be able to take the wheel without any risk. And above all, they will live statistically longer, especially if the habit of drinking less alcohol continues.