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Alcohol flushing response

Over centuries, alcohol has become the most socially-accepted addictive drug worldwide. Alcoholic beverages have long been known for their rather important role in social activities. If you go out to a bar with a few friends and you notice one of your friend’s face turned red just after a few sips of alcohol, you tend to laugh it off as “alcohol flush”.

For some individuals, even small amounts of alcohol can be exceedingly unpleasant due to their body’s adverse reaction to alcohol causing facial flushing. Those who experience alcohol flushing may exhibit nausea (vomiting sensation), dizziness and rapid heartbeat. Alcohol flushing response can be attributed to genetic variation. Based on the presence or absence of this genetic variation, people can be categorized as sensitive to alcohol flushing response or ‘normal’, i.e., they do not exhibit a flushing response to alcohol.


So before you go out for drinks with your gang, order 100andlife DNA assessment test and know how well you respond to alcohol. Cheers!!


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