Everything You Need To Know About Asian Flush

Posted on 22 Dec 2022
Everything You Need To Know About Asian Flush

There’s a phenomenon many people experience after drinking called the ‘Asian Flush’ or ‘Asian Glow’. As its name suggests, ‘Asian Flush’ usually occurs among Asians, though other races can also be affected.


‘Asian Flush’ is an alcohol flush reaction where the main symptom is facial redness. For most people, it is an unpleasant experience.


Despite its common occurrence, ‘Asian Flush’ remains a mystery for many people, who may not know how it emerges.


What causes ‘Asian Flush’?


For starters, it’s important to note that ‘Asian Flush’ is not an alcohol allergy. Instead, it arises from a genetic deficiency in aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), the enzyme that breaks down acetaldehyde, the toxic by-product of alcohol.


When alcohol is broken down, it is first converted into toxic acetaldehyde, which is damaging to DNA cells. Without sufficient ALDH, high amounts of acetaldehyde remain in the bloodstream, causing the alcohol flush reaction via massive histamine release.


How to Prevent ‘Asian Flush’?


Simply put, the best way for Asian flush prevention is to stop drinking or limit your alcohol intake. However, that can be easier said than done for some people, who may be required to drink as part of their jobs or lifestyles. Some hangover cures may also be sketchy.


In such cases, DrinkAid’s Complete Alcohol Defence helps to reduce Asian Glow by about 30-50% (in the case of moderate drinking) by speeding up the breakdown of acetaldehyde in your system. In doing so, you also feel as great the next morning as you did the night before.