not everyone drinks alcohol

Hey, Kids: Half the People on this Planet Never Drink Alcohol

One of the most common excuses for underage alcohol abuse is that “everyone drinks” — classmates, family members and friends. Whether these thoughts come in the form of peer pressure or just an excuse for behavior, it is important for kids to know that almost half of the world’s population never drinks alcohol, according to the World Health Organization.

Underage drinking, often caused by peer pressure, should never be acceptable and can only lead to negative consequences. This is especially true for children of alcoholics.

So for those kids who may think (or are told by their peers) that “everyone drinks,” remember that half of our world never touches a drop of alcohol during their lifetime.

So, if 50% of the world can do it, so can you.

Marc Treitler and his family are the founders and creators of the family addiction education website and the authors and illustrators of My Dad Is an Alcoholic, What About Me?: A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes.

Learn more about how to talk to your kids about substance abuse at You can also find and connect with the authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

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Marc Treitler

Marc enjoys spending time with his family and their new Yorkie puppy, Coco. He is an executive of a utility company, which keeps him very busy and allows him to travel throughout the country. When Marc isn’t working or on his phone, his hobbies include: embarrassing his wife and kids, convincing his daughter that boys are bad, passing his musical tastes to his son, cleaning-up puppy pee inside the house, and talking politics to anyone that will listen.
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