This is a question we hear very often. The answer is yes, you can have Asian flush if you’re not Asian (especially if you look like our friend above after a few drinks).
The reason for the term ‘Asian’ being attributed to the flushing experienced after drinking alcohol is simply because a large number of Asians suffer from the condition. In fact, according to a 2009 study looking at the link between alcohol flushing and cancer, approximately 36% of East Asians (Japanese, Chinese, and Koreans) get a red face after drinking alcohol.
That said, despite the large proportion of Asians who suffer from the condition, the term is simply used to describe a condition whereby the alcohol drinker lacks the necessary enzymes required to break down the toxins that arise from the metabolism of alcohol.
This deficiency can occur in anyone and is usually passed down from generation to generation, so if your mother or father has it then chances are you will have it too. In recognition of this, the scientific community usually refers to the condition as ‘alcohol flush reaction’ because it is widely known that it is not just Asian people who are affected.
Demonstration of a Non-Asian drinker experiencing Asian flush after a few beers
Here we have a time lapse video curtesy of Ramon Hilberink (definitely not Asian) filming himself drinking 3 beers:
As you can see, Ramon clearly exhibits the gradual onset of symptoms similar to what you would expect from someone with the condition.
So, if you’re of non-Asian descent and are wondering why you get a red face after drinking alcohol, there’s a decent chance you might have the genetic enzyme deficiency that people refer to as Asian flush.
What to know more about it?
If you would like to find out more about alcohol flush reaction, you can check out our extensive article titled “The Ultimate Guide to Asian Flush and Asian Glow” for an in depth look at the condition and what causes it.
You can also check out this video:
Will Asian flush remedies still work if your not Asian?
Yes, if you have the enzyme deficiency that causes alcohol flush reaction, whether you're Asian or not, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent the reaction from happening. We’ve even put together a blog article explaining the various creams and makeup tips people can use avoid their red faces whilst drinking - if you’re keen to check it out have a read of our article titled: 4 Beauty Products to Stop Your Asian Flush.
Alternatively, if you’re happy to just jump straight to the good stuff, we’ve spent years refining and perfecting a blend of flush-fighting compounds that work together to eliminate you red face from alcohol.
We call this blend Sunset Alcohol Flush Support - a synergy of 12 complimentary compounds that help your body combat the flush causing toxins in alcohol. If you’re interested in some of the science that went into creating Sunset, you can also check out out article titled: The Science of Alcohol Red Face and How to Cure It.