Rather, sadly and tragically, Donald Trump does not drink alcohol because he lost his dear brother, and his father’s namesake, to alcoholism.
Trump has four siblings. In addition to, as he was lovingly known in the family, “Freddy, Jr.,” there is Robert, who became Executive Vice President for The Trump Organization. His two sisters include, Maryanne Trump Barry and Elizabeth Trump Grau. Maryanne, excelled at law and became a Federal Appeals Court Judge with the District of New Jersey. Elizabeth, a graduate of Kew-Forest School and Southern Seminary College in Buena Vista, Virginia, inherited her father’s keen understanding of finance, and worked in the banking industry.
The Donald’s eldest sibling, Freddy, Jr., did not want to go into the family’s real estate business. Part of the reason may have been that it is widely reported that he simply could not live up to his father’s high standards and demands. Freddy, Jr., while by accounts good-natured, simply could not get along with his father and the two fought often. So, instead of taking on the natural role of the eldest son and entering the family business, he chose to become an Airline Pilot. Freddy, Jr. also had a passionate love for deep-sea fishing.
Freddy, Jr. died of alcoholism in 1981, while still at the height of his career of flying, at the age of 43. His death was horrifically self-inflicted and given that Freddy, Jr.’s father, Fred Trump, lived to the age of 93, Freddy, Jr. clearly cut himself down in his prime.
Like many whose lives have been touched by the curse of alcoholism, Trump views it as an addiction that destroys not just the victim, but the families as well. He has gone on record to state, “I’ve never understood why people don’t go after the alcohol companies like they did the tobacco companies. Alcohol is a much worse problem than cigarettes.”