Alcohol Flush Reaction

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A condition caused by the incomplete metabolism of alcohol with accumulation of acetaldehyde due to a missense polymorphism in acetaldehyde dehydrogenase—ALDH2—resulting in bright red skin due to capillary dilation of face, neck, shoulder, and sometimes the entire body after consuming alcohol. Those with ALDH2 deficiency have up to a 10-fold greater risk of oesophageal cancer, attributed to the accumulation of acetaldehyde
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If in short order there was a sudden glow about the nation lit up by the Asian Flush, then certainly we would have done the pollsters a favor.
The origins of Asian flush are still not clearly understood, but one theory is that the condition gives people some protection from dreaded amoebic infections.
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