Hello. I am a 45 y/o male. I keep fit and run 5miles 3-4 days every week. My weight is 90kg. My heart rate, rested, is usually 50ppm. Have drunk regularly for many years. Beer, wine, GT,... Never in the morning, always after lunch or in the evenings. For several years now I drink about half a bottle of wine a day during the week (sometimes a bit more), and socialised over the weekend with dinners and lunches out on Fri/Sat and Sun, which means the amount could increase to a full bottle on average over the w/e.
About a year ago, after a heavy drinking weekend, I would wake up in the night with increased heart rate and not be able to fall back asleep all night. I stopped drinking spirits and slightly reduced the heavy drinking during the weekends.
Now this is happening to me when drinking less. Last Sunday, I had a beer before lunch, and during lunch and up to 8pm I drank a full bottle of wine (13%abv). It was over many hours, with food and drinking plenty of water, but it was a full bottle of wine. Sunday night I woke up again feeling the same way: increased heart rate (maybe 80ppm), sweating and nervous. In the morning, something that is occuring more and more: a red face with itching and burning feeling on my skin. The itching is spreading all over my body. This could be from sweating while working-out? I have very dry skin, so it is a possibility but I cannot help and associate it to other liver disease symptoms. Also feel a bit light-headed.
Last November I had a regular blood and urine test taken and everything was ok. Even so, I do feel something is going wrong. In February I stopped drinking all together for two weeks, and felt fine. No withdrawl symptoms at all. So started to drink the occasional glass of wine in the evenings that soon became two. But usually feel fine with this. However, if I drink just a little more, the symptoms crop up again. Last Sunday being the worst. Some tummy cramps appeared too and a very dull pain under the rib cage, centre front. That has gone away.
I am very worried because obviously my tolerance to alcohol is going down and down. Is it because I have gone too far and my liver is damaged?
Personally, this is a bit more that just a drinking-health problem. I work in the wine industry, am a professional wine consultant and manage the international sales for a large wine producer. So you can imagine how worried I am.
Thank you all for your comments and advice.