Can recovering alcoholics eat food prepared in wine?

Yes, I don't see why not. The heat of cooking will evaporate any residual alcohol and you will be left with only the taste. Of course it also depends on the person and the depth of their psycological dependancy.

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I would say definitely not!!!!! you are taking a risk that someone with an illness could go back drinking again and end up; dead!!!

The physical addiction to alcohol can be beaten with time, it's the psycological addiction that stays forever. Yes that's a real problem and can manifest itsself in physical ways. Cooking with wine or even beer battered shrimp should not cause someone to start drinking again, the taste is not the same or even close really. It's the thought that they are consuming an alcohol base that catches them. So it does truly depend on the person and their own limitations.

The notion that it's no big deal is VERY off base. It's irresponsible to publish these completely uninformed answers!

These are clearly not doctors nor addiction experts. Having alcohol in your system can re-ignite your addiction. This is dangerous territory. I don't know how serious putting wine in food might be...but it's a far more complicated question than the answers above would indicate.

This is a really bad/dangerous answer!!! The "taste" of alcohol is not what makes a person addicted. Wow, that's WAY off! So that really has nothing to do with whether food cooked in wine might re-addict someone or not. Also, the physical addiction does NOT go away--ever--which is why we need to avoid alcohol forever. Having it in our system re-ignites the brain in ways that renews the addiction.

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