Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stop Looking Like an Alcohol N00b

As I've mentioned before, drinking causes the classic Asian flush because the body cannot break down ingested alcohol completely.

Basically, your liver is a total n00b at drinking.

While there is no way to make your liver more awesome, there is a way to stop yourself from becoming the Kool-Aid man every time you down a shot.

The cure to the Asian flush is Pepcid AC. If you take this heartburn medicine an hour before drinking, you won't turn red while drinking.

How does it work? I have no idea. But according to Wikipedia:
It is not known why ranitidine and famotidine may in some cases, but not all, help reduce the symptoms of the alcohol flush reaction. Alcohol causes an irritation of the lining of the stomach. One possible theory that may explain the effects of famotidine (and similar classed drugs) on the skin erythema or redness secondary to alcohol consumption is because the drugs are H2-antagonists or H2 antihistamines, which are used to treat peptic/gastric ulcers. In essence, if the "Asian flush" is an allergic reaction to the alcohol, then the mechanism of action of H2-antagonists can explain its effects on curtailing or decreasing the redness.

I don't really know what that means, but I don't think it matters. All you need to know, my fellow Asian brethren, is that if you turn red when drinking, then Pepcid AC is your new best friend.


Anonymous said...

Be proud fellow Asians of your glow.