Cool, except the writer needs to do her homework first. Moderate to light drinkers actually have LOWER rates of cardiovascular events than non-drinkers. Alcohol use (in moderation) may reduce the risk of developing heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and intermittent claudication, reduce the risk of dying from MI, may reduce risk of stroke (especially ischemic strokes), lower the risk of gallstones, and may be associated (only again with MODERATE use) with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Alcohol is a vasodilator, acts as a blood thinner, and, in small amounts may help reduce stress levels (stress is a HUGE risk factor for just about everything).
Of course, if you have a history or have been diagnosed with pancreatitis, NO amount of alcohol is safe. No if history of liver, kidney disease, addiction, or congestive heart failure. And NO if diabetic.
Otherwise, enjoy in moderation. One drink/night max for women, two for men. Comparing alcohol to cigarettes is a silly, dilettante, specious argument. Why, almost as silly as comparing pot to speedball.