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Beer-guzzling Vietnam acquires taste for nonalcoholic brews

World's ninth-largest beer market turns health-conscious

Vietnam consumes the most beer in Southeast Asia, but new restrictions on alcohol are in the works.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam imbibes more beer than any other country in Southeast Asia, but increased health awareness is creating a market for alternative brews with little or no alcohol content.

Saigon Binh Tay Beer, a Ho Chi Minh City brewery known as Sabibeco, intends to quintuple production of its Sagota brand of low-alcohol beer in the coming years.

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