That was probably the most positive "buzzkill" I've read!
All of it completely making sense.
We'll see if I'm one of those irritating men. It would be just like my life to be able to drink and still lose weight. That feeds the little "you da man" devil poking my alcoholic side. One thing after another has nearly taken me out of the drinking game, high liver numbers (not sclerosis level) that clean up after abstention meaning no serious damage from years of chronic abuse...even Acute Pancreatitis, a potentially lethal condition...then the recurrence of the pancreas problem simply faded after several near misses...blood near normal again and not even a hint of the pancreas issue anymore.
While I love drinking and wish I could do all I want as long as I want, I know in my 50's that party clock is nearing midnight, and my luck starts to run out. Dang it!
Good news is, the LC diet makes my usual high tolerance lower, so I drink less to achieve the same goal. The other good news is drinking makes me happy (yes, I've been through the medical issues as well as therapy, even a university study participant on the subject, and still nothing breaks through the power of the booze itself, including common sense). I'm not one of those miserable drunks stigmatized by the "typical", I get happy and I also stay very productive in life. It doesn't drag me down very much and I dont "day drink".
Back to food...if this weight loss continues, I will be a low carber for life for sure and I will consider myself a very lucky man. I am truly blessed when compared to so many other people. I have a very large extended family, I have stories on top of stories of how life and health can be, even for those that lived a "good life" regarding booze, foods, etc.. I've been to the funerals even of friends and long time coworker associates who died at my age, my boss (not much older) is going in for his third surgery for A-Fib, a condition that hospitalized me at age 30...still under control and a healthy blood pressure controlled by only one script easily.
Yes, a lucky man indeed. If I knew I was to die tomorrow I would still say that.
Thanks for all the info and advice!