Some very interesting insights here, everyone. I thank you for that.
JWFokker had some very relevant points regarding common misconceptions and how what others think may not necessarily equate to truth, or be completely pertinent to me. I guess in the end, there is no "absolute." They say how much you can safely drink depends on your age, your weight, and your tolerance. I was just concerned because I'm also very much a health/nutrition nut, and most other people I talk to who are into that sort of stuff (some bodybuilders, others not) say that even 1 drink is 1 drink too many. I can see where they're coming from, but if I were to deprive myself of even 1 drink a night, I'd feel it would be letting one aspect of life dictate everything else. Or in other words, it would be nazi-extreme. (Mr. Tattleheid - touche!)
Admiral, what you say also makes sense, about how our metabolism doesn't slow down, only our lifestyles, and so in turn, our metabolism. While that theoretically rings true, I think that's contrary to what every medical journal/publication I've ever read says. I'm not challenging you in any way, simply stating that from what I recall, our metabolism slowing down as we age is a FACT, and while exercise/lifestyle has an effect on it, it is not the sole determining factor. Only helps to "keep it up..."
Eelbrook, why not drink less but purchase more expensive bottlings? Ahhh...well therein lies 2 dilemmas, my friend. First, that I cannot afford expensive bottlings. I can only afford to purchase one bottle a month, and my budget allows me to spend $80 tops per. And second, it's very hard to drink less! I enjoy scotch immensely, which is what led me to ask if 2-3 drams a night was detrimental to my growth and health? I've only been drinking seriously (as in every night) for the past 2 years now, since I was 22. Of course, I began getting sloshed every weekend since 17 at highschool, and of course more in my fraternity in college, but that was only sporadic binge fests. Plus...I usually puked it all out after-the-fact. I DO NOT PUKE OUT A GOOD SCOTCH!!!
Also, while coffee/tea (aka liquid-caffeine) is a deuretic (sp?), increasing your metabolism and perhaps counteracting the alcoholic effects on your liver (that part I've never heard...), it also dehydrates you, as does alcohol, and for that reason, I prefer to use plain old filtered water as my post-scotch drink and mid-day hydration.
Besides...don't they say the best cure for hangover is to just drink more?