CD Explains Why Drinking Can Leave You with a Red Face
Dear Cellar Dweller,
Sometimes when I drink, I notice I get really red in the cheeks. My ears get red too, and I feel hot. It’s kind of embarrassing. So, why do I get a red face? What gives?
-Sensitive in Schenectady
You’re not alone! This annoying problem is quite common. It can happen to anyone, and it does, for a few different reasons…
Usually, it has to do with how your body metabolizes the alcohol. Or, more accurately, how it doesn’t. Inside your body, alcohol breaks down into acetaldehyde. If your body has trouble metabolizing it, the capillaries in your face will dilate, and cause that red color and warm feeling. This is sometimes called the Alcohol Flush Reaction, or AFR .
Sometimes AFR can indicate a bigger problem.
While irritating but generally harmless, this flush is sometimes a sign of a bigger problem, such as high blood pressure, alcohol intolerance, or even an alcohol allergy.
Got a question about AFR? Ask your doctor! Being proactive never hurts.
I hope this answers your question, Sensitive!
-CD the Celler Dweller
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