Alcohol flush reaction, or Asian flush syndrome, is a condition in which a person develops alcohol redness or flushes on the face, neck, and shoulders. Sometimes, these flushes may cover the whole body after taking alcohol. This redness or flushes appear because of an accumulation of an enzyme called acetaldehyde, which is a metabolic byproduct of the catabolic break down of alcoholic beverages.
Getting a red face after drinking two pints of beer is not a sign of good blood circulation or strong energy flow; rather, it is a sign that one’s body is not metabolizing alcohol properly or efficiently. This condition is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer in people who drink. In addition, it is linked to lower than average rates of alcoholism, mainly because of the negative consequences of drinking alcohol.
People who experience alcohol redness may be less prone to addiction, since the only way to prevent it is by avoiding alcohol altogether. It is not an allergy; however, sometimes, people with this condition may be having a reaction to something in the drink, such as preservatives, grains, or chemicals. In rare instances, this condition may be an indication of a more serious underlying problem that requires proper diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the symptoms of the Alcohol flush syndrome include:
• Facial flushing
• Stuffy or runny nose
• Warm, itchy, red bumps in the skin
• Nausea and vomiting
• Low blood pressure
Tips to Cope with Alcohol Flush Syndrome:
• Avoid drinking or drink moderately
• Choose drinks with low alcohol content
• Avoid binge drinking
• Eat whilst and or before drinking
• Alternate alcoholic with non–alcoholic drinks
• Drink plenty of water
Risk factors for alcohol redness or other reactions to alcohol include having Hodgkins lymphoma, being of Asian descent, having an allergy to grains, and having hay fever or asthma. Depending on the cause, complications of Asian flush syndrome may include a severe allergic reaction or migraines.
Prescription or over-the-counter medication may help reduce symptoms of alcohol flush reaction. However, the best way to avoid these symptoms is to stay away from alcohol. Follow us for more information and articles about substance abuse that will allow you to be a helping hand to others.
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