You might have been to a comedy club that had a ‘two drink minimum’. The rule is in place for their bottom line, not your health. But perhaps we can take this idea and twist it in our favor - consider instead a two drink maximum.
Recent news proclaimed alcohol is unsafe at any amount, which may be the case, but if you have decided to imbibe, consider placing this personal guardrail in place.
The two drink maximum might provide the best balance of social lubrication and deleterious health effects. After a few drinks, the social benefits of an adult beverage diminish markedly.
Indeed, the impact of a few extra drinks can turn negative quickly. Poor decision making maps tightly with consumption. I’ve also personally found that moving beyond a couple drinks can impact sleep and productivity the next day.