->''"The Kerrek is a teetotaler and is offended by your offer. He pounds your head into the ground. You dead."''
-->-- '''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "for kids", where Strong Bad plays VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'''

Teetotalism refers to either the practice of or the promotion of complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. A person who practices (and possibly advocates) teetotalism is called a teetotaler.

Often, a badass character with a DarkAndTroubledPast will curiously abstain from drinking with the rest of the characters, usually indicating that
* he wants to keep his wits about him;
* he's a [[RecoveredAddict recovering alcoholic]], or
* [[AlcoholicParent his bastard parent was a drunk.]]

A common prank is to [[IntoxicationEnsues trick this guy]] into drinking a "Long Island Iced Tea" (which ''is'' an alcoholic drink).

See also UsefulNotes/StraightEdge, SmugStraightEdge, StraightEdgeEvil, and the DryCrusader who is the more militant and self-righteous version of The Teetotaler. Unrelated to IDoNotDrinkWine. Direct opposite of TheAlcoholic. These guys often prefer a SpotOfTea--though that's ''not'' where the "tee" in teetotaler comes from, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_etymology common myth to the contrary]]. It's from "T-Total Abstinence."


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Lotton and Claude in Manga/BlackLagoon. The former because of allergies and the latter for religious reasons.
* Ogami Itto in Manga/LoneWolfAndCub does not drink, and always declines when he is offered Sake. [[ProperlyParanoid After all, he has a legion of Assassins on his tail so he needs to stay alert. How does he know it's not poison?]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': Bruce Wayne is a teetotaler in the comics (and most adaptations outside of comics, including the Nolan films). Though [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob his public persona]] is a borderline alcoholic.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': Peter Parker never touched the stuff; in fact, in one episode, where he was tricked into drinking it, he proved a ''very'' serious case of CantHoldHisLiquor. In fact, after ComicBook/DoctorOctopus became the ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan, one of the things that made Mary Jane suspicious of him when he claimed to be Peter was the fact that he was drinking.
* The title character ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' attempts at being this. However, his friends usually end up coercing him into drinking anyway, and he doesn't seem to enjoy it. It's slightly hinted that it's because [[spoiler:his dark side tends to manifest itself when he's drunk. While we never see or hear of him doing anything bad while drunk, it was his being drunk that led him to spark the argument between him and his then girlfriend Natalie 'Envy' Adams that causes the end of their already-shaky relationship (due to her usurping control of their band and changing it against the wishes of the others as well as she may have been cheating on him.]] It's also suggested that due to his NeverMyFault attitude and belief that he is the hero of his own story this is a lie he tells to make himself look better. Most of the time he doesn't drink simply because he can't afford to.
* Joshua Carver of ''ComicBook/NoHero'' never drinks or smokes, and is a vegan.
* Billy Butcher from ''Comicbook/TheBoys''.
* Matthew from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', and he stopped drinking the hard way--as in, he died while drunk-driving in his previous life.
* Jay Garrick, the original [[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash]]. Mostly as a result of him being an old-fashioned elderly man.
* When we are first introduced to Dwight in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' he abstains from alcohol, smoking and all other personal indulgences. His narration and dialogue reveals that he used to be a heavy drinker and violent bar brawler before cleaning up his life, and he avoids temptation to prevent backsliding and letting "the monster" out. After he is sucked back into the violent Sin City world he resumes smoking, but continues to avoid alcohol.
* After recovering from his drunken fall from grace, [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] abstained. However, it remains to see if it stuck after [[ComicBook/FearItself he sacrificed it to get Odin's attention]].
** After his inversion in ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', Tony started drinking again.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', who holds himself up to Boy Scout-like standards--making him the perfect foil for his companion [[TheAlcoholic Captain Haddock]]. (Tintin ''was'' [[IntoxicationEnsues shown drunk once or twice]], but never by his own fault--one time, he and Haddock got locked in a room full of wine and were affected by the fumes, for instance.)
* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' is teetotal, which appears to [[LegacyImmortality go in the family]]. He is at one point revealed to have a drinks cabinet filled with 300+ years' worth of various vines and other spirits that have been gifted to the Phantoms over the years, still unopened because neither he nor any of his forefathers have ever touched any of it. His trademark DrinkOrder is milk--which, no matter how seedy the bar he walks into is, they always have a bottle of somewhere.
* Henry Hellrung, the leader of ComicBook/TheOrder, California's official superhero team after the ComicBook/CivilWar, is a former drinking buddy of Tony Stark. Apparently, he also helped bring Tony to AA. He himself has been sober for at least two decades.
* Richie Gilmore, better known as Prodigy of the ComicBook/{{Slingers}}, became a drunk after his team fell apart, and ended up getting his ass handed to him by Iron Man as the first superhero to be arrested under the SHRA. He later got sober and apparently redeemed himself enough to be recruited to lead a team during the events of ''Fear Itself''.
* After his extreme alcoholism resulted in the death of close friend Manitou Raven, Major Disaster [[DrivenToSuicide tried to kill himself]]. When that failed, he decided to get sober instead. He presumably stayed sober until his death during ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.
* In ''ComicBook/ResidentAlien'', the titular character, a stranded alien posing as a human doctor, is one of these, though his reasons aren't stated (presumably because getting drunk could only hurt his chances of remaining undetected).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Since Shinji is an absolute light-weight, he never drinks alcohol.
* Severus Snape in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3735743/1/The_Moment_It_Began The Moment it Began]]'', of the "drunken father" variety. Ironically, it's later ''him'' who attempts to initiate a night of pub-hopping with his now-recovering dad, [[WhatTheHellHero who calls him out on it.]]
* Either on account of his StraightEdgeEvil tendencies in canon, as an ActorAllusion ([[Music/HenryRollins see]] RealLife examples below), or both, popular {{fanon}} tends to interpret [[EnlightenedAntagonist Zaheer]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' as this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Rattlesnake Jake is portrayed as a downplayed example. He does drink sometimes, but never enough to get drunk. This is because he doesn't want to be ruined by alcohol like his [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] father was.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan doesn't drink the glass of wine Clayton hands him, though it's possible he didn't know what it was. This was done at the request of Edgar Rice Burroughs' estate; they allowed Tarzan to be shown holding a glass of alcohol as long as he didn't drink any of it.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Played with in ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe'':
-->'''Colonel Ehrhardt:''' You know, I never quite trust a man who doesn't drink or smoke.\\
'''Jozef Tura:''' ''(as Professor Siletski)'' You mean, like our Führer?\\
'''Colonel Ehrhardt:''' Yes... '''''NO!'''''
* While it wasn't directly referenced in ''Film/LAConfidential'', Russell Crowe asked the writer and director whether his character, Bud White, ever drank alcohol. They told him no. Because he does MethodActing, Crowe did the same during the entire shoot. He's Australian, and he was miserable.
* Nicholas Angel from ''Film/HotFuzz'' was this in the beginning, drinking only Cranberry Juice. However he decided to drink beer later.
* Jeff Custer, from ''Film/{{Mr and Mrs Smith|1941}}'' heard a temperance sermon when he was very young, and has decided to stay away from liquor. But when he does have to sips, [[CantHoldHisLiquor he's a complete drunk]].
* Léon, the eponymous character of ''Film/TheProfessional'', usually opting for [[TrademarkFavoriteFood milk]] instead. However, he does have one glass of champagne to celebrate his apprentice's first hit.
* [[Creator/RussellBrand Aldous Snow]] of ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall''. However, he does revert back to alcoholism in ''Film/GetHimToTheGreek''. Russell Brand, who plays Snow, is actually a teetotaler.
* Bert Gordon in ''Film/TheHustler'' makes his living gambling in pool halls and bars, but his preferred drink is milk.
* Hrundi V. Bakshi, the protragonist of ''Film/TheParty'' does not drink(also doesn't smoke) When some guests of the party actually force him to drink alcohol it's shown that he has a very low tolerance for it.
* Andy in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' has been this for 16 years, after an accident involving him driving over the alcohol limit, and only orders tap water at the pub crawl, much to Gary's irritation. As the movie [[AlienInvasion proceeds]], Andy starts to [[INeedAFreakingDrink drink as well]].
* Pembrook in ''Film/StrokerAce''. This fits with her second job as [[IncorruptiblePurePureness a Sunday school teacher]].

* Sir Lancelot became one during ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', and Sir Galahad, of course.
* In ''[[{{Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia}} Voyage of the Dawn Treader]]'', Eustace's parents were teetotalers.
* There are numerous teetotallers in the works of Creator/GKChesterton, who almost always turn out either to be fools or thoroughly bad lots (one example is the Rev. David East in "The Man Who Shot the Fox").
* Ibram Gaunt of ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' became an alcoholic at one point. He gets clean and becomes this trope.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Commander Vimes stopped drinking entirely around ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', because he's a recovering alcoholic and doesn't want to get back onto that slippery slope at all. Although his body doesn't make enough natural alcohol, leading to him being in a constant state of knurd. Being knurd means you can't block out all the imperfections and failings of the world around you and constantly see everything at its worst. One time, he listed forcing him to tip away an entire bottle of single malt whiskey to be worse than murder.
** Captain Carrot (surprisingly, given he was raised by dwarfs): In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' he was "persuaded to try a small shandy, and didn't like it much", and in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' he [[DrowningMySorrows drowns his sorrows]] in [[DrunkOnMilk milk]].
** Magrat Garlick, although she's been a victim of IntoxicationEnsues once or twice.
--->'''Nanny Ogg''': I said to the man, "What kind of fruit drinks do people drink around here?" and this is what he gave me. Made from bananas. A banana drink. You'll like it. It's what everyone drinks here. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment It's got bananas in it]].
--->'''Magrat''': It's certainly very... strongly flavoured. Has it got sugar in it too?
--->'''Nanny Ogg''': [[http://www.cocktailmaking.co.uk/displaycocktail.php/53-Banana-Daiquiri Very likely]].
** In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', it's noted that Vetinari doesn't drink, right before he drinks twelve pints of beer and [[NeverGetsDrunk barely gets drunk]]. Vimes also mentions in ''Discworld/TheTruth'' that as far as he can tell Vetinari doesn't drink.
* CharlieChan is a teetotaler, but in a bit of double irony he is no fan of a SpotOfTea; he prefers sarsaparilla (a nonalcoholic root beer-like drink).
* The residents of Ennett House Drug and Alcohol Recovery [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment House]] (''[[RunningGag sic]]'') in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', being required to join AA or NA, are of course therefore required (theoretically) to be recovering alcoholics, but Don Gately eventually comes to be an honest one (it's important).
* Sir Raoul in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' is the "recovering alcoholic" type.
* Gussie Fink-Nottle in Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories. Until his nerve snaps right before he officiates at that [[CrowningMomentOfFunny grammar-school prize-giving ceremony.]]
* Coach Flynn in Gordon Korman's ''[[Literature/MacdonaldHall Bruno and Boots]]'' series is a health nut who never drinks, smokes or eats fried foods.
* Chris Chambers in Creator/StephenKing's novella ''[[Literature/DifferentSeasons The Body]]'' never drinks, because he's afraid that he'll become an alcoholic like his abusive father and brothers. Gordie says in the narration that one might find this funny because Chris is only twelve, but he was dead serious about it.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheATeam'': Barcus refuses to touch alcohol, preferring milk.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'': Angel, after a fashion. WordOfGod states that Angel's abstinence from human blood is a metaphor for this.
** Buffy too, as she grew older she shows a disdain to alcohol, only resorting to it [[DrowningMySorrows when three nerds have a good go at destroying her life.]]
* ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'':
** Seth Bullock. In contrast to the frequent use of alcohol by other characters (Doc Cochran, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickock, Al Swearengen and his men), Bullock rarely drinks at all. He only does so once during the first season, and it's done with Swearengen as a toast at the end of their conversation.
** Also of Deadwood, A.W.Merrick, who is the recovering alcoholic type, save a couple episodes where he falls OffTheWagon
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Detective William Murdoch doesn't drink because his distant father is TheAlcoholic and he wants to keep his head clear for his investigation. He drinks only very rarely for special occasions or ForScience; that's what he stated when he wanted to find out the effect of drinking a bottle of absinthe on two people. Murdoch does knock back a whiskey with Branckenreid after releasing Ava Moon, and sips whiskey at his bachelor party.
* Mr. Garibaldi on ''Series/BabylonFive'' starts off as recovering alcoholic. He slips into drinking for an episode when he's framed in Season 1. In Season 5, his alcoholism became OffTheWagon.
* In ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'', Sam Ballard seems to be one at first, being a goody-two-shoes who only ever drinks mineral water... but then we learn that he isn't, but [[CantHoldHisLiquor really ought to be]].
* Neil Burnside of ''Series/TheSandbaggers'' wants to keep his wits about him--shortly after being promoted to section chief, he had to resolve a crisis while extremely drunk, and resolved that he was never going to be in that situation again.
* Sam on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', who interestingly owns the bar. He's also a recovering alcoholic.
* Captain Jack Harkness in the first season of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' only has one drink: to raise his glass to a fallen soldier. Otherwise he's always drinking plain water while whoever he's drinking with has something alcoholic. This becomes even more conspicuous if one considers his original ''Series/DoctorWho'' characterisation which included a habit of heavy drinking. He much prefers good coffee over a SpotOfTea, being space American, though.
* [[TheSpock Spock]] in ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' doesn't drink, so when he decides to in one episode, [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] asks [[TheKirk Kirk]] if they can handle him drunk.
** Chakotay from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is also like this. {{Justified}} in that his greatest fear is losing control of his mind, so of course he would avoid anything that might facilitate that.
* In ''Series/{{Legend}}'', Nicodemus Legend is a Teetotaler. However, Ernest Pratt, the writer who portrays him, is an alcoholic. Because everyone in Sheridan thinks of him as Legend, the only way Pratt can get his whiskey is [[FrothyMugsOfWater to drink it out of a teacup.]]
* Arnold Rothstein in ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' doesn't drink, despite being a bootlegger.
* Teal'c of ''Series/StargateSG1'' once flatly stated that "I do not consume alcohol" when offered a glass of wine, and in a later episode he ordered ginger ale at a bar. Though it's unknown whether alcohol could even affect him.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The First Doctor, in the serial "The Gunfighters", repeatedly insists that he never touches drink, refusing even to accept a slug of whisky [[ExaggeratedTrope as anaesthetic before having a broken tooth pulled in a time before the invention of anaesthetic]]. This forms an important plot point, as it is used throughout the serial to contrast his personality with the very heavy-drinking Doc Holiday. He insists this again in "The Smugglers" when offered alcohol in 17th Century Cornwall, although this time he's willing to drink wine offered to him by a pirate captain he's trying to prove his harmlessness to. This is strange since he'd previously been seen enthusiastically drinking (judging by his expressions when drinking it, [[GargleBlaster very strong]]) mead in "The Time Meddler"
** Later incarnations of the Doctor have no such scruples, the Third Doctor's fondness of wine in particular being a major motif of his [[TheDandy characterisation]], the Fourth Doctor's enjoyment of getting drunk forms a plot point in the Sixth Doctor story "The Twin Dilemma" (although Creator/TomBaker, while definitely not a teetotaller himself, made a point of not being seen to drink by kids during his tenure), and the Ninth Doctor mentioning how Lloyd George used to drink him under the table.
** This gets brought up directly in "Twice Upon A Time". The First Doctor offers a soldier some brandy from the TARDIS cupboard, then gives Twelve a suspicious look and asks if he's been drinking any of it. Twelve exasperatedly notes that yes, he might have had ''some'' in the last thousand years or so.
* Sheldon of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' almost never drinks; if the others are having alcohol with their dinner, he'll have a glass of milk or perhaps water (likely DependingOnTheWriter). On the rare occasions he ''does'' get some alcohol, he absolutely CantHoldHisLiquor and turns into a stumbling, slurring mess willing to ramble about anything or climb on a table after a single sip.
* On ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', Max Bergman is never shown drinking, even when celebrating with the rest of the team (he also doesn't eat shrimp, but that's due to an allergy). The reason is never stated or called attention to, though since Max is incredibly meticulous and has an AmbiguousDisorder (he's "some kind of savant"), it may simply be that he finds the taste objectionable.
* Randall from ''Series/TheHour'' never joins in when everyone else is drinking and talks about his alcoholism in the past tense.
* Seiichi Munakata from ''Series/UltramanTiga'' doesn't drink; he always orders a glass of milk when at the bar. This is because his actor, Akitoshi Ohtaki, is actually one himself.
* [[DaChief Don Cragen]] from ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' used to be TheAlcoholic, leading to this.
* Christy, the main character on ''Series/{{Mom}}'', is a recovering alcoholic. The show is about her struggle to remain sober. She is eventually joined by her mother Bonnie, who was an even bigger boozer. The others in their recovery group count as well.
* In the ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'' episode "[[Recap/VoyagersS1E3BullyAndBilly Bully and Billy]]", while Billy the Kid's gang are keeping an eye on him and keeping him from going after Billy and Jeffrey, Bogg asks if they have any whiskey to pass the time. When they tell him where it is, Bogg says he doesn't drink and stuns them by throwing the whiskey into the campfire, causing an explosion.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Unlike you scum sucking pea heads, Wrestling/FreddieBlassie refused to touch alcohol, much less drink it.
* Wrestling/JerryLawler, is basically UsefulNotes/StraightEdge and would be seen driving off while all the other baby {{face}}s in Memphis went to bars... but his "cool" guy supposed "King" gimmick means he almost never admits to being a teetotaler.
* Wrestling/CMPunk is UsefulNotes/StraightEdge. Which also makes him this trope, in addition to no other kind of recreational drug and no promiscuous sex.
* [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] honestly doesn't drink but he and Spanky have drunk as part of angles while working for Wrestling/{{WWE}}. Then again, it became quickly apparent that neither of them ''[[CantHoldHisLiquor should]]'' drink alcohol.
* Soda is about the strongest thing Wrestling/AJStyles will usually drink. [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels Bad]] [[Wrestling/FrankieKazarian Influence]] tried to destroy this reputation by having Claire Lynch spike one of his drinks to make him look like a drunken fool.
* Wrestling/TripleH, as part of a short mini-feud between Wrestling/DGenerationX and CM Punk's "Straight Edge Society" unit, once claimed humorously that he also lived a clean lifestyle but without the need for any of the cult-like theatrics involved in SES. (though Triple H wasn't always an example and even after he was in his personal life his WWE persona still was a drinker until DX reunited and WWE.com put up an article about how much DX had changed)
** Speaking of D-X, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels says he pretty much abandoned all his vices overnight the day he immersed himself in Christianity.
* Wrestling/JohnCena seems to be an embodiment of clean living and good morals in his character. Out of character, John Cena is a pretty hard drinker, but never in front of the kids. WWE had a problem with Wrestling/RicFlair talking about John Cena's real life drinking habits during an IGN press conference.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly and Su Yung are a couple examples on the women's side. WWE let go "Anti Diva" Serena Deeb for letting it slip that she was not living up to CM Punk's Straight Edge Society ethos off the clock.
* [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Tara]] is a not just a teetotaler, on Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact it was revealed she did not even know what beer was, was visibly disgusted by its taste and only agreed to drink more because she was in a feud with ODB and Wrestling/KevinNash would not allow the two to have a match unless they both drank a six pack immediately before hand.
* Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb in Wrestling/{{CZW}}, though they don't take kindly to soda either, or much of anything for that matter.
* [[WebVideo/WhatcultureWrestling Joe Hendry]] styles himself a hero to the Scottish people, and to ensure he always brings honor to his country, he abstains from drugs and alcohol.
* Wrestling/JinderMahal is the "[[RecoveredAddict recovering alcoholic]]" version. He used to drink a lot, especially after he was first released from the WWE. There came a point however where he realized how low he had gotten (getting out of shape along the way) and he decided to turn his life around and quit.
* Another "recovering" version is Wrestling/{{Sting}}, who had a drug and alcohol addiction in the mid-90s, but cleaned up his act after he became a Born-again Christian in 1998.

* [[Creator/RogerAllam Douglas Richardson]] in ''Radio/CabinPressure'' is revealed to be teetotal (a recovering alcoholic, eight years sober) at the end of the first series. He hides it to maintain his reputation as a work-hard play-hard sky god, swapping whisky for apple juice or vodka for water as part of his elaborate schemes.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One of the AcceptableTargets in HoylesRulesOfDragonPoker, where the guide outlines rules for annoying anyone who complains about drinking.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', this Trope applied to anyone who takes the Vow of Abstinence Feat, detailed in the ''Book of Exalted Deeds''. By swearing off any and all intoxicating, stimulating, depressant, or hallucinogenic substances (including caffeine), the oath taker becomes very resistant to poisons and drugs (the ones that others attempt to administer against his will, that is).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A lifestyle choice in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''. Choosing to be incarnated as a teetotaler will block your ability to drink alcoholic beverages for the entire run in favor of a greater ability to consume food (which you can unlock halfway in the run). There's also the "boozetafarian" path, which is this reversed, meaning that you may not consume food, while alcohol is completely fine, and finally the oxygenarian run, in which you may consume ''neither'', although you can consume things that don't count as food (these are called spleen items and like the prior two, you have a limit of consumption and in this run, a way to consume more spleen items). Needless to say, the oxygenarian run yields greater rewards than either two, but it is not advised unless one has a means to access adventure-producing spleen items (i.e. familiars).
* Blaise in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' openly hates alcohol. Apparently [[NoodleIncident something happened when he had "a glass of wine at a party", but he doesn't remember and no one will tell you what!]]
* Jackie Estacado, a.k.a. ''VideoGame/TheDarkness,'' doesn't drink alcohol. And honestly, are you gonna [[BullyingADragon rag on him for it?]]
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' gives us [[CulturedBadass Hein]] in its 14th installment. His "Dislike", according to his bio, is exactly this.
* In ''VideoGame/PinkPantherPassportToPeril'', Pink states that "cartoon characters don't drink" when the bartender at the Mucky Duck attempts to take his order. In the sequel, ''VideoGame/PinkPantherHokusPokusPink'', he brings this up again when a tour guide gives Pink a bottle of champagne to thank him for his help. Pink ends up trading the bottle for a liver.
* This is Houston's character trait in ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2''. It's stated that Houston prefers root beer after a heist so that he can stay sharp for the next job.
* A hero in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' with the Resolution quirk will absolutely refuse to go to the bar for stress relief. It's considered a negative quirk, though one of the mildest ones.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Kittan of ''Webcomic/DoubleK'' '''was''' one of these. But a few panels of hanging out with Kamina, and a certain word starting with a p and rhyming with fussy changed that real quick.
* Gabe from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' doesn't even take aspirin or those vitamin boosts at Jamba Juice, and was too nervous to take his prescribed anxiety medication. Compare to the often-drunken Tycho.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Gregor from ''WebOriginal/ThrillingIntent'' does not drink alcohol due to his values as an Outrider.
* Simon Miller of ''WebVideo/WhatcultureWrestling'' is the local badass who, despite his tough guy appearance, doesn't drink, presumably for reasons of health.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In the episode, "Duffless", Homer has to become this for a month after he's arrest on drunk driving. Marge points this out and he makes a promise to her to stop drinking for a month starting the next day. [[LoopholeAbuse He drinks a beer can in bed before going to sleep]].
** Being a StrawPolitical and {{foil}} to Homer, Ned Flanders is portrayed as this in later episodes, though prior to {{Flanderization}}, he was shown to own a bar within his home.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The pirate Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts had a reputation as a Teetotaler, but given [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy the time and place]] in which he lived, "Teetotaler" was a relative term. The average 18th-Century pirate would piss away entire fortunes on women and booze at the nearest opportunity, and Black Bart was one of the few who didn't. "Teetotal" could mean anything from "never drinks," to "enjoys the occasional beer but doesn't drink away his life savings once a week."
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler was, at one time, a very dedicated smoker (and drinker), and grew to find the habit disgusting. After his entrance into politics he drank very little, stopped at the first glass of champagne or low-alcohol beer. Although his teetotalism, like his vegetarianism, is probably due to his growing gastrointestinal problems.
* 26th President of the United States UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was a Teetotaler. His drink of choice was coffee which he was rumored to have drunk at least a gallon of a day.
* Former President UsefulNotes/BillClinton wrote in his memoirs that he got to sample many types of alchoholic beverages as a young man but that he quickly developed an allergy to alcohol that prevents him from being able to take more than a few sips. The only alcoholic beverage he is physically able to tolerate is vodka but he doesn't like it so he doesn't indulge.
* Former President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush is in recovery, having been decades ago TheAlcoholic and become the trope after experiencing all the evils of hard drinking on himself.
* Vice-President UsefulNotes/JoeBiden has a family with a history of alcohol problems, so he swore off it completely.
* President UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump claims he does not drink due to his older brother dying at age 42 of complications from alcoholism, which legitimately scared him off. That didn't stop him from launching his own brand of vodka, though.
* Creator/RichardEGrant. CueIrony when he was cast as the alcoholic Withnail in ''Film/WithnailAndI''. The director got him to go on a drinking binge once to better understand the character. Grant reportedly found it "deeply unpleasant".
* Possible TropeCodifier: Wyatt Earp was known for drinking tea instead of alcohol. This obviously gave him a useful advantage in reaction time when breaking up (the perpetrators of) barfights.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans-Ulrich_Rudel Hans-Ulrich Rudel]], [[AcePilot Stuka bomber pilot]] and quite possibly the most [[PersonOfMassDestruction destructive]] man '''ever''', abstained from both drinking and smoking.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche saw alcoholism as a method of escaping from reality, which was also the basis on which he rejected religion and mysticism.
* [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] states that the reason that he's such a successful rock star was that he never drinks and never does drugs.
* [[Music/{{ACDC}} Angus Young]]. And it's just as well, given the stage antics he routinely pulls off even as he's approaching his 60's. Contrast with his brother Malcolm, who had to go to rehab for his drinking.
* Creator/RussellBrand used to be an alcoholic and a drug addict. He eventually cleaned up and became a teetotaler.
* Theoretically, [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslims]], UsefulNotes/{{Mormon|ism}}s, UsefulNotes/{{Sikh|ism}}s, and members of certain other faiths are supposed to be teetotal[[note]] Literature/TheQuran actually nowhere says that alcohol is prohibited -- in fact, declaring something haram is considered sinful if the Qur'an doesn't explicitly condemn it -- but drunkenness is discouraged, especially in relation to prayer and oaths, and you're still responsible for whatever you do under the influence. Also, many early Mormons drank beer and wine, but it fell out of popularity during Prohibition.[[/note]]. In practice, this varies widely, generally corresponding to the individual's general level of piety[[note]]Piety defined as following the official rules of the religion. It is not to be confused with faith, or sincerely believing in the tenets of the religion; people who have faith but are not pious often have justification for it, and even for those who don't... well, there's the old saying that [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue]], or in a phrase some might understand better, Catholic Guilt.[[/note]] and where they live[[note]]Saudis especially and most other Arabs will vehemently refuse to touch the stuff, or at least would never let anyone know that they do. Turks are noted for having their own strong drink. Indonesians are infamous for the sheer number of them who even make their own booze![[/note]]. This can come as a shock to some, who are so used to the stereotype of Muslims and/or Mormons being DryCrusader teetotal fanatics that the sight of an otherwise perfectly sincere and decent Muslim or Mormon casually tippling has been noted to set their minds on end.
* Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench abstains from alcohol, due to his "dark and troubled past."
* [[LetsPlay Let's Player]] LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} is straight-edge. [[TalkativeLoon Not that it's possible to tell.]]
* Creator/KathyGriffin proudly claims to be one of these, as her response to growing up in a house with many alcoholics when she was a child.
* Contrary to [[TheAlcoholic his portrayal]] in ''Film/{{Zulu}}'', Sgt. [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Henry Hook]] was noted as a teetotaler and model soldier. However, after the [[UsefulNotes/AngloZuluWar Battle of Rorke's Drift]], he [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness stunned his companions by getting in line for the grog ration]]. "After all that," he explained, "[[INeedAFreakingDrink I feel I need a little something]]."
* From Creator/RoosterTeeth's Creator/AchievementHunter, Creator/RayNarvaezJr, which makes him pretty much the only person who doesn't drink in the entire company. Keep in mind that the company's podcast used to be called ''Drunk Tank''. From what he's said on the subject, it's neither a moral standard nor a fear of addiction; he just doesn't like alcohol much.
** Currently the list of known current teetotalers who worked for the whole production company stands at three people: Creator/MontyOum, Ryan Haywood, and the aforementioned Ray.
* Creator/DanCastellaneta, in contrast to Homer Simpson.
* Arin Hanson, a.k.a. Creator/{{Egoraptor}}, has stated several times that he doesn't drink.
* LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}} became one after he learned that he had to give up alcohol because [[https://youtu.be/wPjr8sT9t8E?t=462 his body was unable to break down alcohol properly, and that if he did drink, he could die.]] Mark assured his fans that he was perfectly fine with his diagnosis. He very rarely drinks now, but has to take a pill first.
* Creator/DanielRadcliffe became one of these after struggling with alcohol abuse during the later ''Film/HarryPotter'' films.
* Pancho Villa.
* Website/{{Cracked}} columnist John Cheese was once an alcoholic, but swore off it after his doctor told him he'd be dead by forty if he kept drinking. He has written several moving pieces about his experiences.
* [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]] says he has never had a drop of alcohol.
* Creator/BobcatGoldthwait said he hasn't had a drink since he was 19.
* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]].
* Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's family history contains a ''lot'' of alcohol abuse. Seeing what it did to his family convinced him to swear off it himself. His experiences eventually led him to write these tendencies into the character of [[Series/BabylonFive Mr. Garibaldi]] (above).
* Hip-hop Artist Music/{{Macklemore}}, recovering alcoholic whose strongest vice is now hard candy.
* ''Tyler the Creator''
* Stand-up comedian [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Craig]] [[Series/TheLateLateShow Ferguson]] proudly proclaims that he's abstained from drinking alcohol for more than twenty years.
* Stand-up veteran [[Creator/GeorgeCarlin George Carlin]] was a stoner since fairly young age, and did drink quite regularly as well. He become a teetotaler in his later years, when the alcohol and painkillers were starting to take a toll on his health, although he confessed to sparking up when it came time to punch up his stand-up routines.
* Music/HenryRollins has been a card carrying UsefulNotes/StraightEdge his entire life.
* Voice actor Creator/MauriceLaMarche has been clean and sober for over two decades now.
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} were one of the industry's most notorious alcoholics/drug abusers in the past, but their contract rider now prohibits alcohol backstage.
* Creator/HPLovecraft. His short story "Old Bugs" is a comedic parody of heavy-handed anti-drinking screeds.
* Advice columnist Dr. Robert Wallace, the longtime author of "'Tween 12 and 20" (an advice column distributed by Creators Syndicate, and aimed at teenagers and young adults) is an ardent proponent of teetotalism. Many of his letters are about alcohol use and abuse, to which Wallace will invariably reply that there is no redeeming value (social or otherwise) in alcohol use, and that alcohol exists only to create major problems and destroy lives.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic, although his ''Behind the Music'' episode states that he "rarely" drinks [[note]] Some of the other interviewees state outright that he "doesn't drink"[[/note]], and he claims to have treated friends to homemade margaritas in the AV Club's oral history of his movie ''Film/{{UHF}}''. He says he has never even tried recreational drugs out of respect for his parents and once turned down a multimillion-dollar offer to make beer commercials due to his young, impressionable fanbase and because one of his ''UHF'' costars was killed by a drunk driver.
* Voice and stage actor Creator/ChrisAyres is allergic to alcohol, but never had much interest in it anyway.
* Farin Urlaub, guitarist and co-singer of Music/DieArzte is a teetotaler, doesn't smoke and eats no meat. This is in strong contrast to drummer and co-singer Bela B. who has tried out quite a few substances during the course of his career.
* Music/FrankZappa was this. He especially hated beer, which he saw as a symbol for Rednecks and boring middleclass culture. He also famously called out the American Counterculture of the late 1960's for being more interested in getting baked than changing society.
* ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia'''s Rich Evans is one, which is in sharp contrast with his coleagues Mike and Jay who are frequently depicted with beer bottles in hand.
* Creator/HarpoMarx was a teetotaler and confessed in his autobiography ''Harpo Speaks!'' that he never cared for the stuff.
* UsefulNotes/CarolusRex abstained from alcohol, which was quite rare at the time.
* Angelo Siciliano, AKA [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Charles Atlas]], was a lifelong teetotaler who preached against drinking alcohol, coffee, and tea.