Do You Get Red in the Face?

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    May 08, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
    NYT:

    Q. After I have had a glass of wine, my face heats up and turns bright red. What is going on?

    A. Bright red skin after drinking, caused by dilated capillaries, is almost certainly an example of the alcohol flush reaction, related to the incomplete metabolism of alcohol. The condition is often genetic and is especially common in people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent.

    Recent research on the genetically coded enzyme deficiency involved in the reaction has linked it to a higher risk of esophageal cancer in East Asians.

    When alcohol is ingested, it is first metabolized primarily by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, or ADH. The resulting chemical, acetaldehyde, is a carcinogen. The next step in metabolism is normally for the acetaldehyde to be metabolized to acetate, chiefly by the enzyme ALDH2.

    If the drinker’s body makes that enzyme in a faulty variety, however, its action is weak or absent, and acetaldehyde builds up in the body. This leads to the flushing reaction, as well as to nausea and rapid heartbeat.

    Those who get the gene for the faulty enzyme from both parents have reactions so severe that it limits drinking and actually protects against the greater cancer risk. Inheriting one faulty gene means a milder flushing reaction, which allows drinking and has been linked to a much higher risk of esophageal cancer among even moderate drinkers.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/science/red-in-the-face.html?ref=health
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    May 08, 2014 12:38 AM GMT
    **How to tell when a Ginger is really into youicon_wink.gif
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    May 08, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    ^ That's red in the butt. We're talking about face, Dustin!
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    May 08, 2014 12:42 AM GMT
    **Giggles**
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    May 08, 2014 1:10 AM GMT
    The answer to the question asked seems to be about alcohol consumption in general. The person asking the question specified wine, not all alcohol. I get a flush face when drinking wine, but do not have that symptom with any other kind of alcohol. Alcohol flush is the usual and most likely candidate for a red face when drinking alcohol, but I am wondering when the flush is limited to wine only, if it could be sulfite sensitivity. All wines have sulfites, but if it is over a certain amount, the words "contains sulfites" are required to be put on the label. I'm just thinking that if the question asker got a red face after any alcohol consumption, they would not have specified wine.
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    May 08, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    I get the alcohol flush or all kinds of alcohol and have no Asian ancestry. I didn't always though so it's not genetic for me, started with some health problems about 8 years ago.

    It shows up as red blotches all over my face and chest and I feel like I'm overheating.
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    May 08, 2014 4:05 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing, guys. It's great to know those of non East Asian ethnicity also experience this. I went to a dermatologist once who prescribed sunscreen for my condition. Now I know my face turns pink/red due to ultraviolet exposure and certain emotion. I'm glad I opted out of the suggested laser treatment.
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    May 08, 2014 12:36 PM GMT
    I experience this but it's only after SO many drinks.
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    May 08, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    It's also a symptom of rosacea which mainly affects blue-eyed people with British ancestors.
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    May 08, 2014 2:47 PM GMT
    I remember once when i had taken some weight loss pills then i had a vodka drink, wow i didnt even feel or notice util some one said wtf have you dont to your face you cant go outside like that. It was like a massive bruise sort of like someone had put a iron on full heat on my face.
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    May 08, 2014 2:48 PM GMT
    I don't blush from drinking. My mixed heritage is all northern European.

    I do, however, blush very easily from emotions. I consider it a weakness I've always had, that prevents me from hiding my true feelings. It makes lying and perpetrating deceptions on others virtually impossible (which I suppose is a backhanded blessing that keeps me reasonably honest), and also concealing my feelings when I hear things I dislike or of which I disapprove. A poker face I do NOT have. icon_sad.gif