Cheers with Non-alcoholic drinks!

Compared to the past, non-alcoholic beer, wine, and chuhai have become much more common.

You can often find them in supermarkets and liquor stores.

I used to rarely drink non-alcoholic drinks, but thanks to their frequent appearance, I have recently started drinking them.

So today, I would like to talk about non-alcoholic drinks in Japan!

Non-alcoholic beer and wine may not have tasted very good until now (laughs).

But these beverages are very well stocked these days.

Non-alcoholic drinks in Japan

According to a survey conducted last year among 100 men and women in their 20s to 60s, more than half (about 54%) said they drink one to two cans of non-alcoholic beer a month, followed by 29% who said they drink about 3 to 5 cans a month.

The most common reason for drinking non-alcoholic beer was “I have become concerned about my health,” followed by “change of scenery/refreshment” as the second most common reason.

Some respondents drink beer “because it has a taste I like” or “because it goes well with a meal.

Personally, I drink less alcoholic beverages than I used to because I am playing tennis more often.

After all, if I drink at parties, etc., it affects my body the next day.

It is said that alcohol consumption causes dehydration, and I have found that to be true.

A while ago, I played a tennis match the day after drinking alcohol, and I suffered a pulled muscle leg.

It was quite severe and I had bruises all over my leg and it was very painful.

I learned from that experience and refrained from drinking alcohol the day before and the day after a match.

Around that event I also started drinking non-alcoholic beer and wine. I am sure there are many people who drink non-alcoholic beverages for reasons similar to mine. 

Non-alcoholic situations in The US and Japan

There is a growing trend in the U.S. toward voluntary sobriety, and the trend seems to be more pronounced among the younger generation.

People between the ages of 25 and 40 also indicate a willingness to reduce their drinking opportunities with 66% of them indicating that 47% of them are doing so to maintain their health and 27% for weight loss reasons.

This is similar to the situation in Japan, where more than 43%, nearly half of all Japanese in their 20s, rarely drink alcohol.

The market for non-alcoholic beverages is also expanding in Japan, with Suntory research showing that 22,660,000 cases of non-alcoholic beverages were sold in Japan in 2020, 2.2 times more than in 2010.

Perhaps more and more people are becoming health-conscious.

More people may be finding enjoyment in other ways besides drinking.

Many non-alcoholic beverages are sold.

My recommendations for non-alcoholic beverages

Here are a few non-alcoholic beverage recommendations of mine!

These three varieties are so good, I highly recommend them!

  • Asahi Dry Zero
    Asahi has been producing non-alcoholic beer for some time, but it tastes much better than before.
    It has a beer-like taste and can be drunk without resistance.
  • Suntory Non-alcoholic with wine holidays
    It is white wine-like. Amazing!!!
    I often drink it the day before a game or when I want a taste of wine.
  • Kirin GREEN’S FREE
    The taste is reminiscent of European-style beers.
    It is refreshing and gentle. It’s relatively new, but I’m an instant fan.

I thought, “Non-alcoholic stuff doesn’t taste good.”

But the latest non-alcoholic beverages are quite tasty!

Enjoy this summer with non-alcoholic beverages while maintaining your sanity and getting intoxicated by the atmosphere!

One Comment on “Cheers with Non-alcoholic drinks!”

  1. Hi, Yuko san!
    Thank you for the interesting article!
    I like non-alcoholic drinks because it goes well with a meal and also because I don’t get drunk with it.
    I have to do housework after dinner(*_*)
    My recent favorite is “よわない檸檬堂”.
    If you haven’t tried it, please check!

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