Korean Red Face / Alcohol Flushing

Korean Red Face / Alcohol Flushing

The Korean Korean Red Face / Alcohol Flushingred face is a common problem among Koreans who drink alcohol.  Also jokingly known as the red mask,  it is a real medical condition that occurs mostly in Asians. The reaction is primarily due to an inherited lack of an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2).

The appearance of the “red mask” can be funny and quite embarrassing, depending on the victim.  It discourages a lot of Koreans from drinking or to stop the moment their face becomes flushed.  Koreans tend not to like the attention of everyone laughing and pointing out their red face.  Who can blame them?


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Korean Red Face / Alcohol Flushing
Koreans often feel shame and camera shy with a red face.

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