Though the “take home” message was that risk is least at zero drinks/day. But it is more nuanced than that. So, of course, no drinking may be the safest, but a few drinks a day does not increase health risks in a huge way. Of course drinking and driving is a totally different story.
From the NYTimes.
“For each set of 100,000 people who have one drink a day per year, 918 can expect to experience one of the 23 alcohol-related problems in any year. Of those who drink nothing, 914 can expect to experience a problem. This means that 99,082 are unaffected, and 914 will have an issue no matter what. Only 4 in 100,000 people who consume a drink a day may have a problem caused by the drinking, according to this study.
At two drinks per day, the number experiencing a problem increased to 977. Even at five drinks per day, which most agree is too much, the vast majority of people are unaffected.”