Drinking alcohol removed wine last night was a peculiar experience. I opted for a bottle of Edenvale ‘fake’ chardonnay because I was having salmon. The first glass was bizarre. I opened the bottle and it smelt like wine, I tasted it and it tasted like wine, I drank some and I felt like I was totally breaking the rules! Argh.
After guiltily sipping away on a glass I realised it didn’t reeeally taste like wine. Without the alcohol it tasted a little bit watered down and it didn’t have any warmth as it flowed down the hatch. But it still gave ‘real’ wine a good run for its money and definitely surpassed my expectations. My brain was a bit confused and kept waiting for the alcohol to kick in, which of course it didn’t. The guilt soon dissolved when I got stuck into the second glass while remaining completely clear headed.
Normally I’d polish off a whole bottle in one sitting, but because I didn’t need to maintain any drunken fog I stopped after 3 glasses. While the acidity was a well received change of pace from sugary NA drinks, I think I would have started to feel a bit queasy if I’d kept drinking. The best part about this was it made me feel like a normal drinker. I could enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with food and then stop – hallelujah!
One of my favourite pastimes when I was drinking was to chill out on the couch with wine in hand, watching telly or reading magazines and just generally having a great time in my own company. I thought that it was partly down to the fact that I didn’t have to justify my drinking to anyone else or worry about running my mouth while drinking in the company of others, but I’m beginning to recognise that I just really need alone time to recharge. I’m not sure whether drinking alcohol removed wine while alone is dangerous or not. It certainly didn’t make me want some of the real stuff last night, but then again, I was in a very strong frame of mind yesterday. It was a relief rather than a disappointment to remain clear headed.
As I was pouring a glass, I noticed the label said that the total alcohol content was less than 0.5% which freaked me out a bit. I immediately scanned my brain trying to pick up on any signs of drunkenness, but there was nothing – I felt completely sober. They probably just put that on their label to cover their asses and I certainly don’t see any danger in getting accidentally drunk off the stuff!
So, was it triggery? No, not when I’m in a good frame of mind. But I do think I should proceed with caution. I won’t be rewarding intense cravings with it because that’ll lead to disappointment at the lack of drunkeness (and possibly a glass smashed against the wall in frustration). When I am in a strong mindset though, it’ll be great for tackling feelings of FOMO at gatherings and will go with food a lot better than other alcohol replacement drinks. I think it’s fair to say the trial went swimmingly 🙂