There is a lot of information flying around the internet about Asian flush and how to deal with it. Most of it is young people who enjoy drinking but have the bad luck of having bodies that don’t process the alcohol properly. They experience the alcohol flush reaction, and have to deal with red puffy skin, and sometimes hives or other worse side effects. It takes the enjoyment out of a night out! Here is my own story.
After my eighteenth birthday I headed off to college and as we all know, entrance into college is also an entrance into freedom. Lots of students experiment with drinking, and the experimentation often ends up being a habit. Not necessarily an addiction, I never took it that far, but drinking three or four nights a week was not uncommon. There were students who were doing it every night. Well, the point is that I soon found out that when I drank, I turned beet red. I didn’t know what the reaction was and I just assumed it was an allergy to alcohol or it meant that my tolerance hadn’t built up yet.
However, as I continued drinking I found out that it was a common thing among other Asians in my school. It was just the thing. The Asian guy turns red when he drinks. Not a big deal right? Wrong. Most often people drink because they want to socialize. Some people use it as a sort of social lubricant, taking the pressure off themselves or as a way to deal with shyness. Others, just use it as a way to strike up a conversation, or just as an excuse to get out of the house. You can’t exactly go for walks in the park every day, or with groups of people you don’t know. Nay-sayers put down drinking for its dangers but there are many wonderful things to be taken from a really sweet party.
But could you imagine adding the fear and embarrassment of puffy red eyes and veiny skin after drinking? Just about ever conversation I had started with, “Hey man, are you ok? Maybe you should slow down.” Or even worse, how do you approach a girl you’re interested in why you know she’s going to be wondering what’s going on with your skin. I put up with it, but I still felt like I was missing out on something. I felt like I wasn’t living up to my social potential.
So I searched the internet for answers and it seemed that people just dealt with it. If you hang in the same circle of friends for a while, people will get used to it and you’ll just have to deal with the occasional razzing here and there. But there was still the problem of meeting new people. I guess I’ll have to reiterate, the problem of meeting girls.
Recently however, a new product had been put on the market and I had come to the edge of my rope for a while already. I figured that no matter what I should try it, after all, there seemed to be no other answers. Lucky for me it was a great buy – it was an e-book that taught me how to actually train myself to not turn red. Amazing right? There were no pills, shots, or anything else to buy. I personally think it is a great investment considering that there’s a one time cost and if you’re not happy with it you can just get your money back.