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  • You think youre a lightweight?

  • I almost got drunk of a slice of rum cheesecake.

  • Wait, is that even possible?

  • Hey guys, Chastity here filling in for DNews.

  • I don’t know about you, but when it comes to drinking, I’m the queen of lightweights.

  • I’ve been known to get drunk off of one mixed drink.

  • And when I drink even a small amount of alcohol, my face turns red instantly.

  • See, my friends have been making fun of me for it for years, but I’m putting it to an end now, with SCIENCE!

  • The condition is called Alcohol Flush Reaction, or AFR.

  • It’s pretty easy to tell when youve got it, since your face turns crazy red after drinking.

  • Other than facial flushing, symptoms of AFR include flushing of the neck and other parts of the body, heightened heart rate, headaches, and nausea.

  • Now this is even after as little as one drink.

  • AFR is also known as theAsian gloworAsian Flush”, although Asians are not the only ones who suffer from it.

  • Over 500 million people worldwide experience flush reactions, with between 36 to 50 percent of them being of East Asian descent.

  • Alcohol is typically metabolized in the liver, where it's first oxidized to acetaldehyde and then to acetate.

  • People with AFR carry a genetic mutation that disables this process.

  • They have an inherited deficiency in the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase 2, or ALDH2.

  • According to a PLOS Medicine study, approximately 8% of the world population is ALDH2 deficient.

  • ALDH2 is the enzyme that converts acetaldehyde.

  • Without it, were left with an accumulation of acetaldehyde up to 10 times the normal concentration!

  • According to Robert Swift, a physician and researcher at Brown University, acetaldehyde is like formaldehyde, which is embalming fluid.

  • It destroys proteins, and it destroys DNA.

  • Pretty nasty stuff, so imagine not being able to break that down!

  • Flushed faces, racing hearts, instant drunkenness.

  • Unfortunately, there is no cure for AFR since it’s a genetic issue.

  • The only way to prevent flush reaction is to avoid alcohol completely.

  • But come on, that’s not going to happen.

  • So if you still want to drink but suffer from AFR, here are some tips to cope with it, courtesy of HealthXchange.

  • 1. Drink moderately.

  • That’s two drinks for men and one drink for women per day.

  • Pick drinks with less alcohol content.

  • Eat before and/or while you're drinking.

  • Fatty foods and carbs can slow down the rate of alcohol absorption.

  • Drink plenty of water and/or non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Flush it out and quench your thirst.

  • And as a pro tip - if youve got the flush, don’t wear red while drinking.

  • Youll end up looking like a giant tomato.

  • Got any other tips or interesting drinking stories?

  • Share them in the comments below, and I’ll catch you next time.

  • Thanks for watching!

You think youre a lightweight?

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