As many as one in two persons of Asian descent possess non-functional copies of the liver enzyme (ALDH-2) needed to process acetaldehyde. Even a single cocktail can lead to Asian flush, a painful and embarrassing condition resulting from acetaldehyde levels shooting up 6 to 20 times that of people with normal ALDH-2. This burst of acetaldehyde triggers facial flushing, elevated heart rate, headache, nausea, dizziness and vomiting.

Although most with this condition view it as a minor inconvenience, it has been suggested that those with alcohol flush reaction may be at higher risk for alcohol related conditions such as liver disease, asthma, and cancer of the esophagus. Among flushers who are heavy drinkers the incidence of upper gastrointestinal tract cancer is about 50 times higher than normal. Higher rates of head and neck cancer have also been noted.

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The phenomenon in which an Asian person turns red after a small amount of alcohol consumption.
Carol only needs half a shot before she gets a bad case of the asian glow
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A precieved phenomenon in which a person turns red after a small amount of alcohol consumption. Most commonly occuring in those of asian decent, it is the release of histamines to fight the alchohol (poison) that causes the redness. If an antihistimineis taken prior to the consumption, the redness is replaced with swelling in those with allergic reactions.
After one drink Brad gets the Asian Glow.
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~dude u have an asian glow
~i no its embarassing!
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An allergic reaction of the skin that occurs when asians receive a major facial, also known as bukkake blush.
Damn, Undi got all asian glow from Lemy.
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