Those have the “Alcohol Flush Reaction” gene may notice their face turns a bright red hue after drinking alcohol, along with other symptoms, such as faster heartbeats, headaches, or nausea. Approximately a third of people of East Asians descent experience this, though non-Asians can also experience these side effects.
…But is it dangerous?
Alcohol Flush Reaction is the body’s way to alert individuals with this condition to the fact that they are more prone to certain alcohol-related diseases and cancers.
In this short animation, Joffea Burgos demonstrates how this symptom is triggered and “toasts” its purpose to forewarn those who carry this gene against hard drinking.