Some East Asians – and non-Asians – have an intolerance to alcohol that causes blushing cheeks, nausea, itching and inflammation. Photo: Shuttersock
Some East Asians – and non-Asians – have an intolerance to alcohol that causes blushing cheeks, nausea, itching and inflammation. Photo: Shuttersock
Wellness

Red cheeks after a single alcoholic drink? ‘Asian flush’ is your body sending you a message

  • Some East Asians – and others – have an intolerance to alcohol that causes blushing cheeks, nausea, itching and inflammation
  • A genetic mutation is responsible for the flush, and there’s no known cure, but it could be a blessing in disguise, lowering the risk of cancers from alcohol

Some East Asians – and non-Asians – have an intolerance to alcohol that causes blushing cheeks, nausea, itching and inflammation. Photo: Shuttersock
Some East Asians – and non-Asians – have an intolerance to alcohol that causes blushing cheeks, nausea, itching and inflammation. Photo: Shuttersock
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