Hi Lori, Regarding plan selection see the information here: Newbies To The Lawl Area - Please Read Before Posting!
For Men - 18 years and older
Ideal weight + 70 Purple or red
Ideal weight + 100 = red
Do NOT drop below the purple plan
If you're not sure I suggest starting at the higher plan and monitor results. If he exercises more than 5 hours per week then it would be red.
Regarding alcohol according to my purple plan book:
Alcohol is limited - up to 3 times per week
Light beer, 12 oz = one starch
Regular beer, 12 oz = one starch and one fruit
Hard liquor, 1 oz = one starch
Red or white wine, 3 oz = 1 fruit
Yes, you're correct -- when you go up a plan because you're not using lites just ignore the notations regarding lites.
Hope that helps. Let me know if you need more information.