He's better off drinkin' than smokin' the rocks

from Beastie Boys – Johnny Ryall Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It’s the Lesser Than Two Evils Principle.

Drinking too much may be whack, but it’s not as whack as smoking crack.

That said:
“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.” – Max Lerner

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