Re: alergic to certain types of alchohol?
I'm no doctor or scientist, but I do believe many Asians are simply unable to process alcohol. The reason for this is not allergy, but because of a defective enzyme, acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, which breaks down a byproduct of alcohol metabolism, acetaldehyde, into acetic acid. Thus, the acetaldehyde levels build up and cause the skin flushing, rapid heart rate, and sweating. And more recently, I've read that it is very dangerous to drink alcohol if you are one of those lacking this enzyme. Could that headache have to do with dehydration after drinking?