Is all alcohol free completely alcohol free? What does alcohol free mean?

At Bax Botanics, we are 0.0% alcohol. None at all…..Zero

There is a definite trend for making healthier lifestyle choices and this has created an exciting  new sector of alcohol free drinks. But, is alcohol-free actually no alcohol? And what does alcohol-free mean? 

In the UK, ‘alcohol-free’ means that the drink contains no more than 0.05% ABV. But this isn’t true everywhere. In the United States, for instance, a beverage can be labelled as ‘non-alcoholic’ if it contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). So technically speaking, ‘alcohol-free’ does not always mean completely devoid of alcohol.

The new range of alcohol-free or non-alcoholic drinks are often made using similar methods to their alcoholic counterparts but with an additional step to remove or reduce the alcohol content. This could involve vacuum distillation (whereby heat is used under pressure to evaporate off the alcohol), reverse osmosis (where liquid is forced through a membrane to separate out the alcohol), or arrested fermentation (where yeast is prevented from producing more than a certain amount of alcohol).

However, you’ll probably not be suprised to find that these processes do not always remove all traces of alcohol. Some may remain.

At Bax Botanics we use no alcohol during the production of our drinks. We use the age old technique of distilling hydrosols and essential oils using beautiful copper pot stills. We do not use alcohol in distillation so we don’t need to de-alcoholise our products.  Zero alcohol…. Naturally!  We even have all our products tested by an accredited laboratory to check they have 0.0% alcohol!

While many ‘alcohol-free’ drinks contain very minimal amounts of alcohol, they are generally considered safe for most people, including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to reduce their alcohol intake. However, for individuals who are allergic to alcohol, recovering from alcohol addiction, or have religious or personal reasons for avoiding alcohol entirely, even these small amounts could be problematic.

The advice we would give is it’s always important to read labels carefully and understand what alcohol-free means in the context of the specific product you’re considering.

‘Alcohol-free’ does not always mean completely free from alcohol. The term is regulated differently in various countries and can refer to drinks containing up to 0.5% ABV. Therefore, while these beverages are a healthier alternative for most people looking to reduce their alcohol intake, they may not be suitable for everyone.

Understanding what ‘alcohol-free’ means is crucial when making informed decisions about your drinking choices. Always read labels carefully.