A red face after drinking alcohol is a condition in which your get a red face and neck after drinking alcohol, sometimes an embarrassing and bright redness of the face, due to an accumulation of Acetaldehyde in the body. This side effect from consumption of alcohol is the reason this condition is referred to as Asian Blush, Asian Glow, or Asian Flush.
Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase is an enzyme responsible for breaking down Acetaldehyde, a byproduct of the metabolism of alcohol. Acetaldehyde is actually extremely toxic and responsible for most of the effects and symptoms associated with alcohols hangover the next day.
People who get a red face after drinking alcohol are not as efficient at processing and removing the Acetaldehyde from their bodies as other people. This is because of an Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase deficiency. The net result is a larger than normal level of Acetaldehyde in the body after consuming alcohol. Over abundance of this toxic chemical in your body results in the facial redness as well as a whole host of additional symptoms. The flushing, or blushing, which is a reddening caused by dilation of capillaries, of the face, neck, shoulder, and with some people, the entire body after consumption of alcohol.
Facial redness and red patches or blotches on other parts of the body are the most common symptoms of Acetaldehyde buildup. Additional symptoms include:
- racing heart
- redness of the ears
- a prickly sensation in areas of the face or body that turn red
- difficulty breathing
- a hangover much more intense that normally associated with the levels of alcohol consumed
This Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase deficiency can be genetic (inherited) or can occur with excessive consumption of alcohol over time. The liver is responsible for properly breaking down alcohol. Chronic drinking damages the liver and reduces its efficiency at assisting in the process of metabolizing Acetaldehyde.
Acetaldehyde is a known carcinogen so people with the 'red face after drinking' condition who consume alcohol regularly have chronically elevated levels of Acetaldehyde in their body and a much higher risk of esophageal and stomach cancer if left untreated.
There is a formula called the No Red Face Formula that does not require a prescription and the No Red Face Formula, when taken prior to ingesting alcohol, greatly assists the body in the processing and removal of Acetaldehyde reducing this long term risk as well as significant reducing or eliminating all of the symptoms such as the red face allowing the individual to enjoy alcohol symptom and embarrassment free.
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