"Asian" Flush Syndrome without flushing (or "Asian" lineage)?
July 28, 2014 10:49 AM Subscribe
I went to a gastroenterologist recently who tentatively diagnosed me with Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency (which causes the so-called "asian" flush). I am caucasian with some Russian descent, and I do not get flushed when I drink. Are there any precedents for non-asian, non-flushing sufferers of this enzyme deficiency? Should I get a second opinion?
posted by qzar to Health & Fitness (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
(some background: I am 29 and female, and have been dealing with certain hangover symptoms -- nausea, sometimes vomiting -- for as long as I have been drinking, though they vary in intensity. As unbelievable as it may seem, I didn't know until recently that these symptoms were irregular in most drinkers. In college and even high school I would binge drink on occasion. I now never drink more than 6 drinks in one weekend night, and usually around 4. My peers drink the same and are fine the next day. There is no apparent correlation between the number of drinks, hydration, food ingested before drinking, and the symptoms. They come and go, and I only really see an improvement in "tolerance" when I go without drinking for a week or more. And yes, I am actively starting to phase drinking out until I find a solution, if I am lucky to)