I am a 47 yo male in great general and heart health. Top 2% in fitness (as measured on recent treadmill stress echo) due to daily cardio exercise. Blood lipids and organ enzymes are great: LDL 130, HDL 101, Triglycerides 59, VLDL 12, AST 17, ALT 21, Fasting Glucose 91, Alkaline Phosphatase 79, BMI=24.2, BUN 15, 12% Body Fat, etc, all other standard blood metrics are fully within normal limits. I have never smoked. I am non-hypertensive and take no medications other than a daily multivitamin.
My only vice is consuming a bottle of red wine most nights of the week (4-5). I've been doing this for 10+ years with that level of ETOH being a pretty steady state. Liver enzymes never show any apparent elevation. I do come from a family of alcoholics, but none of those alcoholics ever had any known liver-related problems (LOL, they all died of lung
-cancer - smoking-related illness). I don't want to turn this into a debate about whether I am an alcoholic. My simple question is: How dangerous is this level of ETOH consumption to my health? From the research I've done, it seems there is much individual difference with regard to a body's tolerance and adaptability to alcohol consumption. Some people seem to tolerate even more than this amount with no apparent ill-effects. Others seem to be much more susceptible to liver/organ damage. Assuming, based on family history, I have some amount of natural genetic protection against high ETOH consumption and am not particularly vulnerable to liver damage, is it possible I can continue to consume this amount of ETOH without ill-effects or I am unequivocally destined to an eventual bad health result?