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Does ACV Contain Alcohol?

Posted by B on 08/18/2007

Hi my boyfriend and I are both recovering alcoholics and are interested in taking apple cider vinegar for its health benefits. But, we are concerned about the fermentation involved, does the vinegar actually contain alcohol? We have read about how good it is for you but are worried it may contain alcohol. Please let us know. Thank you.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Actually a recovering alcoholic need more water soluble vitamin B complex which reduces the addiction and the granulated lecithin, which protects the liver from being cirrhotic. Another water soluble vitamin is vitamin C and some vitamin E to protect the liver from oxidative damage should be a reasonable remedy for recovering alcoholics.

As to the vinegar and its alcoholic content: If the apple cider vinegar was made from a hard cider, it will have an alcholic content, but when a acetobacter is used, those are convered to acetic acid instead. Technically there might be alcohol in there but the amount is technically too small to be measurable. If I am a purist, I think I would rather concentrate on taking some vitamin B complex, selenium and granulated lecithin to protect my liver better.

Vitamin B complex may prevent addiction, especially the Niacinamide (B3) which has a calming effect and reduces some stress, where the dose I used are about 300 mg/day while B complex, if I feel I need it might be twice or three times a week should be sufficient.

Replied by Bernice V. Burgess
Detroit, Mi

Braggs Apple Cider vinegar has helped me. I have Alchasia of the esofagus and had major surgery. I would get heart burns really intensed. Now that I take the vinegar I'm better and my skin is glowing, plus I get all the nutrients too. I got to try the baking soda. I'm sure it can only add more to my health benefits.