I was asked on my Facebook page how I felt about boozy deserts like sherry trifle or crepes with orange liquor. The lovely Facebooker Lyn said “Booze in cooked food doesn’t worry me because it does burn off .. it’s the liquor soaked sponges and fruits etc that I love and would still like to be able to have (like Christmas trifle etc) and not feel like I’ve broken my record of being sober? What’s the thoughts?”
Early on in my sobriety I was offered fresh strawberries soaked in liqueur at a dinner party and felt it rude not to have them. But boy it felt WEIRD and uncomfortable. I could taste the raw alcohol. I gulped 3 huge glasses of water straight afterwards (trying not to look as freaked out as I felt…!). And after that night I now try to avoid any foods with alcohol in them unless it’s been cooked down (like wine in a stew).
I would probably avoid those deserts Lyn asked about just because I don’t want to mess with the beast in my brain..(my internal addict.. she’s still there and I don’t want to tempt her) but I have sober friends who are ok with it. If I did have to eat some to be polite I’d make it a very small amount and drink loads of water.
It’s a tricky one. What does everyone else think?
My way of thinking was that if you were cooking with wine it just ads to the flavour and the addictive alcohol just burns off. But that may just be my wishful thinking. I know the temptation of having a sip from the bottle is still too much for me though to even risk it again.
I think it’s getting into dangerous territory eating food with alcohol – cooked or not. There’s the old saying “If you sit in the barber’s chair long enough, you’re bound to get a haircut”. My friends all know I am sober and wouldn’t offer me food with alcohol in it. If they did I would politely refuse. There is no way I would consume it to be polite. My sobriety is the most important thing in the world to me and I’m not about to compromise it with a meal. Just my thoughts.
Take care everyone.
Agreed!! Sounds like a wise choice Kate.
As Alcoholics we metablise alchol slightly differently to normal drinkers .It is during this process that we hold on to a chemical called acetate which has now being scientifically proven to create a physical craving for more acetate, or in our case more alcohol from which our enzymes break down into various things for our body to use or expel and one of them is this chemical.Effectively making us allergic to alcohol.Your body can’t tell the differance if it is from a bottle of vodka or just vodka on strawberries even a small amount of alcohol can activate this craving in us alcoholics .