Email #6: Non-Alcoholic beers/wine
This email is part of a series of practical advice on how to deal with the stress of being arrested. It is not specifically related to your case.
One of the distressing parts of being arrested for an alcohol-related offense is that the judge expects you to stop drinking alcohol while the case is pending and for the term of probation (if that is the result). This can mean you aren't legally allowed to drink for years!
Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into. - Don Marquis, American Poet
It can feel like the judge has prohibited you from having fun with your friends and family! No glasses of wine at dinner! No meeting your best friend at the bar to discuss the week's drama!
Is there a way to enjoy these social situations without alcohol? Yes! Order a non-alcoholic beer!
I know, I know. You are thinking, "No way! Why would I do that?"
I've discovered that drinking non-alcoholic (NA) beer provides the same amount of satisfaction in social situations as drinking regular beer. The taste has come a long way too. It is not just O'Douls anymore! There are high-quality options like Kaliber, Clausthaler, St. Pauli, Becks, and my personal favorite, Erdinger.
What about wine? There is non-alcoholic wine too! They carry it at HEB.
You do not have to avoid social events because they will be serving alcohol. Bring your own non-alcoholic beer. If you don't want to answer questions from anyone, bring a coozie. No one will ever know. If people mention it, they are usually impressed. Deep down they know that in the near future, when they are hungover, you're going to feel great.
Another advantage of drinking non-alcoholic beers is that you won't regret anything you say or do! Rarely do you accidentally insult someone if you're sober.
I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains. - Shakespeare
Challenge: Send me a selfie of you drinking a non-alcoholic beer!
I hope this is helpful. As always, call us if you have any questions.