Asian flush, explained

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It's not because they're drunker than you are.


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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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Source article: https://www.vox.com/a/asteroid-day
Chicxulub impact information: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=8
NASA JPL: https://www.nasa.gov/asteroid-and-comet-watch
NASA asteroid tracking: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2017/4/18/how-nasa-studies-and-tracks-asteroids-near-and-far/
NASA Center for Near Earth Object Studies: https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/
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