The main problem of the alcoholic centers in the mind. Most alcoholics are normal decent people when not drinking. It is when alcohol is introduced into the system that craving begins and the alcoholic will lose control and then the problems begin, problems that would not happen if the alcoholic did not take that first drink.
It is the obsession for alcohol that makes us take that first drink, regardless of the possible and probable consequences. In my experience, what happened to me when I would drink a N/A beer, would be that my alcoholic mind, obsession, would kick in. This is a known effect in addiction, that the thought of using the addictive substance can produce craving for that substance. So, if I am drinking something that I associated as a "drink", beer, bloody mary, etc. even though it did not contain alcohol, the craving would begin, and sooner or later, I drank the real thing.
I too can relate. About the time I stopped drinking, the micro brew thing had just started to explode. There were many beers I like the "taste" of. It was just this rationalization that kept me drunk. A beer or wine with dinner was me lying to myself. The closer truth was beer or wine was dinner.
If you are looking for an excuse to keep drinking, I have great news for you. You don't need one. Go ahead. But, know that the consequences of drinking that brought you to this point will continue, and they will get worse. This is my experience, and the experience of every alcoholic I know. So, when I think of how good a single barrel bourbon, or a rich creamy micro brew tastes, (not that I could afford one when I was drinking), I remember also how the baloney sandwhich and cold coffee in the county lock up tastes. Knowing full well that one eventually leads to the other, I'll forego the whiskey and drink my coffee hot, thank you very much.