ThaYou might find something useful in this thread from last year.
Hi Crandall - I'm allergic (sort of) to all alcohol and I can't drink any. I have always found that when I explain no-one questions my choice and most sympathize and offer me water or soft drinks. Maybe you could try this if it helps?
Crandall - I do not drink any alcohol and have done a couple of Caminos. There is no pressure and everybody I met and socialised with accepted where I was coming from. I hope you feel able to do the Camino you want to and am sure you will be fully supported by fellow Pilgrims.
There is no stigma associated with drinking wine or not drinking wine in Spain. It's simply a local beverage, unlike in the US where we make a big deal out of it. I learned to appreciate carbonated water after a day on the Camino. Its goes by agua con gas.
Hi Crandall! Thanks for asking the question. Almost fifteen years here - I just got back from my second pilgrimage on the Frances. Feel free to shoot me a PM, am happy to share any experience, strength and hope in this regard.
I can't speak for Spain, but in Portugal, there seems to be widespread local acceptance that the traditional casual approach to alcohol consumption (perhaps just a North American cliche of European life) isn't for everyone. Coming from Canada, I was surprised and pleased to see that all of the major brewers produce alcohol-free versions that are marketed right along-side, and equally "seriously" as, alcoholic beer. They're sold side by side in the supermarkets, and both are advertised equally, on the same page in the same section, in weekly sales flyers. It seems quite matter-of-fact that someone might want either.Finished the last bit of the Camino Portuguese at the beginning of October. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Gave up alcohol over two years ago so I stuck to Estrella Galicia 0,0 (zah-roh, zah-roh, as I learned). Lovely alcohol free beer and, as you say, always with a tapas!