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Why Some People’s Faces Turn Red When They Drink Alcohol

If your face tends to turn red while drinking, you may have “alcohol flush reaction.” The face-reddening genetic condition is caused from a buildup of acetaldehyde in the body. Acetaldehyde is a highly toxic and known carcinogen. An estimated 1/3 of East Asians have the condition. Because it is genetic there isn’t a cure.

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