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Dr. Lei Yu in the News: Are Asians ‘allergic’ to alcohol? How the dreaded ‘glow’ makes drinking feel isolating

Dr. Lei Yu, a CAS faculty, was quoted in USA Today, August 17, 2022 on the relationship between alcohol consumption and so-called ‘Asian flush’.
You can read the article here:https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2022/08/17/asian-flush-why-asians-turn-red-alcohol-drinking-sober/10307204002/?gnt-cfr=1

  • Some Asians get an allergic reaction to alcohol in a phenomenon called ‘Asian flush.’
  • It’s caused by a genetic mutation preventing the breakdown of toxins in alcoholic beverages.
  • As a result, the redness, nausea and inflammation can make drinking an isolating experience.