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Does “alcohol-free” means there’s no alcohol at all?

Well, yes and no. There are a lot of things that contain some alcohol. Any kind of ripe fruit or fresh fruit juice may start to ferment, and so may contain 0.5% or even 1% alcohol.

In the UK, the Government’s rules say that:

  • To be called “alcohol-free”, a drink must be no more 0.05% alcohol. A lot of alcohol-free beers come into this category

  • Drinks between 0.5% and 1.2% are termed “low-alcohol”. Again, this includes a lot of beers and a few ciders. If you’re lucky, a beer in this category will be a bit cheaper as there’s no excise duty on it

  • And in the middle, there’s the “de-alcoholised” category. This for drinks containing 0.5% alcohol or less, but more than 0.05%. This is generally for wines that have been made as alcoholic drinks and then had the alcohol removed.

Elsewhere in the European Union, anything that is 0.5% alcohol or less is allowed to call itself “alcohol-free”.


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