Ever had a glass of red wine and suddenly your face is bright red? Or maybe you’ve had a beer with friends and before you’re finished, your face turns red. You’re not alone!
Getting red from alcohol is not uncommon, but it usually comes with the question: Does red face from drinking go away? How long does this uncomfortable and embarrassing side effect last?
In short: Yes, a red face from drinking alcohol does go away. Everyone experiences alcohol flushing differently, so there’s no exact time-frame you can follow. However, symptoms should subside after a few hours once you’ve stopped drinking. If you continue to drink, a red face from alcohol will likely stick around.
Getting red from alcohol can last for a few hours to even longer, depending on various factors.
How can I stop a red face from drinking?
Unfortunately this reaction is caused by alcohol, which means that if you want to stop it fully, you’ll need to stop drinking alcohol completely. Of course, not everyone wants to do that.
Here at Asian Flush Cure, we’ve been testing products that are designed to reduce alcohol flushing, or “Asian Flush.”
And no, you don’t need to be Asian to experience this reaction.
So far we’ve found that Sunset Alcohol Flush Support is the best product to reduce getting red face from alcohol. It’s not perfect, but we’ve found it to be the most effective on the market.
If you’re not interested in an anti Asian Flush supplement, we’ve also gathered the best DIY Asian Flush Cures you can try. Of course, these won’t reduce symptoms nearly as well, but at least they can make drinking a bit more comfortable. For even more resources, check out: What are proven ways to prevent an alcohol flush reaction?
Why do I get a red face from alcohol?
Getting a red face from alcohol is the body’s way to telling you something is wrong. In individuals who flush after drinking alcohol, it means their body is unable to metabolise alcohol properly. Alcohol is broken down into toxic acetaldehyde, but then it’s unable to break down acetaldehyde. This leads to a buildup of acetaldehyde which causes all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms, such as turning red.
This “facial flush” is a good sign that your body is struggling to break down alcohol and acetaldehyde.
Many people of East Asian descent experience redness from alcohol, hence the name “Asian Flush.” These communities, found in places like China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan have high rates of Asian Flush. However, this condition isn’t exclusive to Asians.
It’s less confusing to refer to this reaction as “Alcohol Flush Reaction” as it can happen to anyone of any ethnicity.
Are some drinks worse for alcohol flushing?
Yes! Some alcoholic drinks are worse than others when it comes to alcohol flushing. Many people find that red wine and beer cause some of the worst reactions, while clear spirits can produce less flushing. However, it comes down to:
- How much are you drinking?
- Have you eaten anything?
- What type of alcohol are you having?
- How quickly are you drinking?
- Are you hydrating in-between drinks?
There’s many additives, preservatives and ingredients in red wine and beer that can also cause a reaction, which make they more likely to trigger flushing.
For more details, make sure to check out: “Can you be allergic to beer?” and “Red face after drinking red wine? You’re not alone“