People considering gastric bypass go through a year of counseling before surgery. With the statistics showing the alarming rate of alcoholism I hope they start screening for it. They say that one of the main contributors to this is that they are substituting one addictive behavior for another. Drinking for eating. But after the surgery, alcohol is processed differently. It enters the blood stream almost immediately, instead of the usual process methods. So, not only do they drink more, because they can drink instead of eat, the effects are that much more pronounced. GB patients are told it is not reversible. But you can over eat, stretch the stomach, and gain back all the weight.
Shovelqueen, I'm glad your brother went the band route, and is doing so well with it. Sounds like it is more a tool than a drastic, permanent life change. With gastric bypass, even things like ibuprofen are banned, most arthritis medicines, anything that is hard on the stomach. Who knows what these people will need in the future.
Terio, you are absolutely correct. But I wish I had thought ahead. It is very normal for the two houses to borrow items back and forth, leave a note, etc. But I know now! It won't happen again.