The disturbing reason some people turn red when they drink alcohol

These people are at higher risk of the bad effects of alcohol, both immediately and in later life. It’s genetic – and is thought to have originated among the Han Chinese, in central China. It’s spread across East Asia. About 1/3 people have it there.


© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: E+ Those who suffer alcohol flush have bodies that are much slower at the preferable conversion. They have acetaldehyde lurking about for much longer.


According to a Business Insider video, side effects can include skin colouration, nausea, headaches, and a rapid heartbeat. The cause is a build up of something called acetaldehyde. It’s toxic and a carcinogen.


Alcohol isn’t particularly beneficial to anyone on a medical level. There’s evidence to suggest a glass of red wine of an evening is positive, a pint of beer post-exercise worthwhile. A dram of whisky will help a cold.



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