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Old 08-13-2005, 03:52 PM   #1
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Question why does my face turn red when i drink alcohol

when I drink any kind of alcohol my face turns bright red and all my scars get even more red... this is so embarrassing but I do like to drink sometimes with my friends or when I go out but I just always feel like everyone is looking at me because of my red face... I was wondering if there was a cure for this or maybe something I can take to make this go away.

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Old 08-13-2005, 04:42 PM   #2
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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.

Old 08-14-2005, 05:34 AM   #3
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Re: why does my face turn red when i drink alcohol

same problem. i have allergies,high blood pressure. i believe that's what does it to me.

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