Check out this article summarizing an unnamed, unreferenced study (I hate it when the lay media does this!) about the risks of drinking as little as one drink a day. Here are some cherry-picked quotes for you:
According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol consumption is the third-biggest cause of preventable death in the United States, after smoking and obesity. The CDC estimates that drinking caused nearly 93,000 deaths in 2001.and
Alcohol reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by blocked arteries by 10 to 15 percent. That's probably because alcohol increases good cholesterol and prevents blood platelets from clumping together. "On the other hand, alcohol is detrimental for more than 60 diagnoses," said Juergen Rehm, head of public health and regulatory policies at the Ontario Center for Addiction and Mental Health.If after I track down these articles there are elements that are misrepresented here, I'll be sure to update you. In the interim, I'll raise a glass of Diet Coke to your health. It will probably be a little while longer before word comes my way of that being bad for me.