I am a functional alcoholic. I crave alcohol and "need" it. In AA parlance, I am somewhat powerless over alcohol. However, I cannot follow the second part of the first step. My life is far from unmanageable. I am more successful in my career than I could have imagined at my age. I am in a loving relationship with my wife and about to have a first child. I am generally an anxious/depressed/anti-social person. Drinking makes me happier/calmer/social. I would say most people I know prefer me with a few drinks. I don't drink to the point of being sick or hungover. I exercise regularly, eat healthily, have low blood pressure
and cholesterol and have a resting pulse of about 50.
I decided to categorize this recently. In June, I had 80 drinks. In July it will be about 120. I imagine my average is somewhat in between.
I see no reason to alter my habits for their own sake but am worried about the longterm effects. I have seen the guidance from HHS about 2 drinks on average per day.
My questions is two parts.
A. How likely is 90-100 drinks per month, indefinitely, to cause long term damage?
B. What tests procedures should I do that could be an early warning system for long term health damage?
Will only pay for answers that give me more than HHS recommendations and encouragements to stop drinking. Take the drinking as a given and please give me advice on how to monitor its effects on my body so that I don't develop liver cancer at 60.