When you suffer from "The Flush"

It is always great to meet up with a bunch of friends for some drinking session. And sometimes, once in a blue moon, it's just awesome to drink until you remember nothing the next day...but if you or you happened to have a friend who suffered from "The Flush", it's better for you to know some of these things before you decide another round of bottoms up.

Some people could have a red face because of allergic, or it might point to a more serious issue: it could be a warning sign of impending heart trouble, finds new research from South Korea.

Are you suffering from "The Flush"?


For men who became flushed from alcohol by taking four or more drinks per week, there is a higher chance and likelihood to develop high blood pressure later in life than guys who didn’t turn red from booze. That means guys who suffer from skin flushing are at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, and other hypertension-related health issues, the research suggests. So, if you have friends with "The Flush" syndrome, please do take note.


Now, I'm not a doctor or a scientist but from my reading, there is a science explanation to it. When you drink alcohol, the alcohol metabolite called acetaldehyde builds up in your system....the more you drink, the more your blood vessels will constrict, and eventually weakens the blood flow and makes you look "RED". Under normal circumstances, our body will have the ability to break down the metabolite.

It is difficult to differentiate between an alcohol allergy and an inability to break down acetaldehyde because both causes flushing. A simple way to do an own diagnosis is by checking if the red face is accompanied by nausea and heart palpitations, especially if your flushing experience happens irregardless of the type of hooch you're swallowing....which points to acetaldehyde issue. If this is the case, it's best that you talk to your doctor about it.

Of course, no matter who you are and how good a drinker you are, drinking too heavily can lead to a build-up of the metabolite and, eventually, to high blood pressure.
But for most American men it takes a whole lot of booze—roughly 14 or more drinks per week—to be in danger, studies have shown. Stay out of trouble by sticking to 1 to 3 drinks a week, the research indicates.

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