What is Asian glow?

About a third of East Asians turn red when they drink alcohol (and some non-Asians, too). But what exactly is ‘Asian glow’ and what causes it? CBC Radio’s Samantha Lui explains.

An estimated 540 million people around the world have “alcohol flush reaction,” a condition that causes them to turn red when they drink.

It affects mostly people of East Asian descent, which is why it’s often called “Asian glow” or “Asian flush.”

CBC Radio associate producer Samantha Lui, who suffers from the glow herself, explains what exactly is happening inside people’s bodies when they turn red.

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