For most people, moderate drinking is probably safe. It may even have some health benefits, including reducing your risk of certain heart problems. Moderate drinking is considered one drink a day for woman (or anyone over 65) and two drinks a day for men under 65. Approximately 70% of the adults in America drink alcohol, at least occasionally. Alcohol use is very common in our society. Alcoholism is the actual "allergy" or disease stemming from the body's inability to process alcohol without it triggering the phenomenon of craving. Alcoholics inevitably get drunk, once they start drinking. There is a fine but important distinction between the two conditions.