Asian flush, explained

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Asian Flush, Explained

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Asian flush, also widely known as Asian glow, is when Chinese, Japanese and Korean people turn red after drinking alcohol. What causes Asian glow? Genetics, basically. Around 36% of Northeast Asians are deficient in one of the enzymes that metabolizes alcohol, due to a gene mutation called ALDH2*2. This leads to a buildup of a toxic substance called acetaldehyde, which causes Asian flush and can also cause cancer, especially esophageal cancer.

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Asian flush, also widely known as Asian glow, is when Chinese, Japanese and Korean people turn red after drinking alcohol. What causes Asian glow? Genetics, basically. Around 36% of Northeast Asians are deficient in one of the enzymes that metabolizes alcohol, due to a gene mutation called ALDH2*2. This leads to a buildup of a toxic substance called acetaldehyde, which causes Asian flush and can also cause cancer, especially esophageal cancer.

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43 comments

  1. This makes me think of the East Asian business cultures (particularly in
    Japan and Korea, and maybe China as well) where salarymen and women have
    dinner and drinks with their bosses a few times a month. Anyone know if
    they are allowed to just do the whole “cheers” thing but with a glass of
    water instead? This can’t be that good for them.

    • +Rani Hinnawi I won’t say that people can’t make their own choices, yet
      they have to take risks.

      In a society which emphasizes more on hierarchy, you are supposed to follow
      whatever your boss instruct you to do, including drinking. If you don’t
      drink, you have to take the risk that your boss/client consider you as
      impolite.

      Similarly, in a society which stresses on collective decision, it would be
      super weird for you to say ‘no’ to alcohol while all members in the group
      say ‘yes’. If you don’t drink, you have to take the risk that your
      colleagues comment you as ‘an uncooperative weirdo’.

      It’s true that you’ll have the pressure to drink even you might not want
      to. Not everyone in the society, however, will judge you in a negative way
      if you don’t drink. In business occasions, people who can drink a lot do
      have more advantages. Drinking somewhat equals to the appreciation to the
      host’s hospitality, so greater drinking capacity is definitely better. (You
      have to give a chance your host to show off his wealth by ordering lots of
      wine/spirits, as they are luxuries). Many insider information or deals are
      transferred/negotiated in these dinners, so you better make the host happy
      by not rejecting his hospitality.

      There are some alternatives if you can’t drink. Water is not a good choice,
      yet you can get a alcohol-free beer to be less awkward. Also, a good thing
      about having the flush is that you can pretend that you’re already really
      drunk (which you’re not), so people usually won’t force you to drink a lot
      (esp. for girls). There are some ‘chasers’ (enzyme?, not sure about their
      ingredients) which you can take the pills and they might help you to relief
      the side-effects of drinking.

      In China, there’s a huge difference in drinking culture between the North
      and the South. Northerners, due to their social-bringing and their culture
      (to warm up body in winter), are more fond of drinking. Southerners are
      more health-conscious when it comes to drinking and are willing to ‘say no’
      and bear the social consequences.

    • +crobc1 Absolutely. I’m from Hong Kong and the most local people here
      don’t/can’t drink a lot. As a substitute for social gatherings, we have a
      lot of dessert stores instead.
      When I worked in Beijing, my boss’ favorite was “Erguotou” (56% alcohol).
      It made badly homesick.

  2. Has anyone figured out what caused that bit of DNA to change?

  3. she’s so pretty.

  4. Wow the narrator is so hot

  5. I’m only an eighth Chinese and I have Asian flush. Just my luck.

  6. I am half Chinese and have this condition. It is horrible as hell. My skin
    gets red from head to toes and itches like hell, my heartbeat goes sky
    high, I get nausea, headache and the worst of all my trachea shuts down
    completely leaving me impossibly to breath, chocking and gasping for air.
    It feels like my trachea swells uncontrollably. Reason enough to stay away
    from alcohol.

  7. Golgotha_Mythos69

    There for…..Smoke weed instead.

  8. how is there not some sort of enzyme pill for this?

  9. that asain host is hot as

  10. im gonna need to know the titles of the videos with joss in it. for science

  11. I didn’t think this was a thing. What’s weird is my family get this, too,
    but we’re Mexican… ?

    • I think I should start questioning my heritage haha

    • There are people with ALDH2 deficiency (flush) in any ethnicity. There just
      are more among East Asians. And it’s also possible that pale East Asian
      skin makes it really obvious when they flush (it’s really obvious on Joss,
      for example).

    • Mexicans are basically Asians anyway if you’re descended from native
      Americans and not Spanish. Native Americans are descended from Asians.

  12. how is Joss so pretty

  13. Doesn’t everyone’s face turn red when they drink?

    • The way that the video came of to me was that acetaldehyde builds up in
      everyone’s bodies to a point. So maybe everyone’s faces turn red. But with
      people who aren’t northeast asians, their bodies are better at getting rid
      of those acetaldehyde levels or keeping them down. But they’ll build up to
      a certain level before the second enzyme is activated.

  14. Why is it more common among East Asian-Americans? If anything, wouldn’t the
    higher rate of admixture in that groups see a decrease of flush? Or is it
    that specific regions of China where most Chinese-Americans come from (for
    example) have even higher rates than the general Chinese population?

  15. This is weird because I swear my grandma and aunt have this? I’ve heard the
    rosacea explanation but I don’t think that’s what it was?

  16. I think she looks better with some blood in her face. It looks more
    healthy, like the difference between a person who goes outside or works out
    and a person who sits in their basement all day eating chips.

  17. I’m full on Japanese but I’m 6’2 at 18 years old, I play set defence in
    water polo and I could drink more than my dad at 14, I think I got some
    good genes yay!

  18. Half Asians are the most attractive in the world! That beautiful half Asian
    in the middle looked even more beautiful when she flushed!

  19. alcohol is poison. its more poisonous to certain people based on a variety
    of factors. Drink it or don’t at your own risk.

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