Asian flush, explained How Google's featured answers can go terribly 1 day ago   03:16

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Asian flush, also widely known as Asian glow, is when Chinese, Japanese and Korean people turn red after drinking alcohol. What causes Asian glow? Genetics, basically. Around 36% of Northeast Asians are deficient in one of the enzymes that metabolizes alcohol, due to a gene mutation called ALDH2*2. This leads to a buildup of a toxic substance called acetaldehyde, which causes Asian flush and can also cause cancer, especially esophageal cancer.

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John Smith
Only kids would think Santa Claus has a big red cherry nose, of cold weather.
jenjenkim
I’m just imagining my friend being half asian and her other race, white, well Australian, Scottish and much more but mostly kiwi. She’s really red so if she drank alcohol she’d probably look like a tomato
Narly_Blue
My great grandfather was chinese and my cheeks do get flushed when I drink. Now I know 😅
J o n a t h a n
she looks white 3:16
Allison Greenhalgh
Why wasn’t this in crazy rich asians?
Wakka Flakka
Asian beaver explained.
Ctrl Alt Drunk
i get even more darker when i consume it, anyone knows why.
Peaches N Cream
Asian flush? I'm Asian and I thought everyone had this when they get drunk.
Ako si Bakulaw
Well, lucky me, i have this Asian Flush!
Omar Delawer
Joss is friggen gorgeous!
Blue Spirit
I’d hate to incriminate myself but I’d catch a body to just get a date with Joss.
Maddy Joh
Did anyone else get reminded of the drunk girl/igari makeup trend?
Norsk Paulsen
my mom get this asian flush thing, Im glad that I dont have it
kelepoify
for me, it starts from my heart pounding faster and all my skin turns red lol
bd z
What is the irish flush?
Allyah
I'm black with an Asian ancestor and I get it actually is like poison for me :(
Jeremy T.
This was a really great video! :)..but i have too point out one thing, just because some people do not get asian flush, does not mean they can still metabolize alcohol as well as others, meaning it can be just as dangerous if not more too drink alcohol and not be aware of the problem, thats why asian flush is a good indication as you know your body responses too it poorly, but for people who dont show that symptom they have no way too tell then too find out with a DNA test or when all is lost and the liver starts failing rapidly, etc. so let me give you an example, a long time ago i came down with a blood infection, i didnt know how, but it made me throw up sooo much... I went to the hospital, got some cat scans, etc. and they kept me for three days, so we had just presumed it just happened from an infection i had that just reached my blood stream, i mean that sorta thing can happen, but besides the point, they saw my liver had started to get some fat and may i add i have barely drank any alchol in my life, but it turns out it can really hurt my liver if i was an alcoholic, so be careful people, its not always fun and games out in that club, lol, if youd like a DNA is always a good idea, it showed me i had genes for poor alcohol metabolism and i was just one of the weird white guys to inherit that from an asian ancestor.
Jasey Kat
Need to know if that enzyme lack causes other issues if we lack this what other problems is it causing. 23 and Me told me not to eat anything fermented including vinegar, and yougurts. What are your thoughts?
Abby
I'm only half Filipino and I basically turn into a tomato
Marisa Howard
Fresh off the boat was surprisingly accurate
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