Grab a pen and a piece of paper. Saying that, you might need a spreadsheet for this one. OK, here we go –
When you drink something labelled “non-alcoholic” did you know that it might, in fact, contain alcohol? This is where the spreadsheet comes in. In the UK, drinks can be designated as alcohol-free if their alcohol content is <0.5%ABV. It’s a small percentage of a drink for sure – around 2.75ml, or about half a teaspoon, in your pint of beer. But it’s alcohol, nonetheless.
And to add to the confusion, different parts of the world use different labelling controls. Under EU law, drinks under 1.2% don’t legally need to show the percentage on the label. So that could mean you’re drinking well over a teaspoon of alcohol in your 568ml pint (or ‘large beer’ in the Eurozone). While in the US drinks at 0.5% ABV can be labelled non-alcoholic (though, curiously, not “alcohol-free”).