Re: why does my face turn red when i drink alcohol
I get this also. Apparently it is because you are lacking an enzyme which breaks down alcohol. Therefore causing an allergic-type reaction - racing pulse, flushing, etc.
The only way I can combat it is this:
Before I get ready to go out, about 90 minutes before I expect to start drinking. I have about 100mls Vodka straight. This causes my red face, which then goes away whilst I'm getting ready (i.e. no-one can see). Then when I go out, the flushing has gone, and for some reason I can now drink alcohol without the red face - although it may happen again later on (about 3-4 hours later).
I dont think there is anything you can take to stop it.
I have read in the past that a drug that is used to treat alcoholism is designed to inhibit this enzyme - and therefore cause vomiting and sickness (stopping the person drinking).
The enzyme is called mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase.
This condition is prevalent in Asians. I believe this is because in ancient times they would steralise water by boiling and adding tea, whereas Westerners would add alochol to kill bacteria. Therefore our background developed a way of dealing with alcohol, and Asians did not evolve to do so.