The therapist explained that drinking non-alcoholic beer can become a substitute habit, rather than a stepping stone to sobriety. Most people don’t use “near beer” to stop drinking altogether.
The friend, an inquisitive sort who also happens to be a beer connoisseur, kept arguing his case. It turns out this discussion is a common one in the recovery community — one sometimes characterized by heated dialogue. http://vrl.ht/4E5C6