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How to Prevent Alcohol Flush Reaction

By October 20, 2021November 9th, 2022No Comments Spoiler alert: wear the patch 💁🏻‍♀️

There are a lot of things you can do to help with the throbbing headaches, racing heartbeat, and fatigue associated with alcohol flush reaction whether or not you have a Glowless patch ready to go on any given evening. Below you’ll find the top 5 best practices for how to reduce your chances of experiencing alcohol flush reaction (asian glow) and its symptoms,

1) Hydrate Before Drinking

Ensure you are hydrating as much as possible before drinking any alcoholic beverage. This is one of the most important steps for helping to prevent a bad hangover the next day. We suggest drinking at least 4 glasses of water before you start to drink alcohol.

2) Eat a Solid Meal (Also before drinking)

After hydrating, a solid meal will help you prevent alcohol flush reaction, ideally 1-2 hours before consuming alcohol. What we mean by “solid” is to eat at a larger meal including protein and carbs,  which will slow down the rate in which the alcohol is absorbed into the body. More specifically, food prevents alcohol from passing too quickly into your small intestine, which is where alcohol is most quickly absorbed in the body, so the longer alcohol the alcohol can stay in the stomach, the slower it is absorbed. The slower it is absorbed, the slower it affects the body. However, please note that people absorb alcohol at different rates (see here) and women, people who are smaller in size and younger,  tend to absorb alcohol more quickly than men, people who are older, and larger in size.

3) Avoid Sugary Drinks

Run away! Always avoid drinking any sugary, alcoholic drinks. Sugar causes dehydration in the body, which means you are increasing dehydration and it’s effects, since alcohol causes that too. Specific drinks to avoid include wine (especially red wine), pre-mixed drinks, spritzers, sugar-based alcoholic seltzers, and malt liquors. We recommend sticking to clear spirits such as vodka and tequila, and using soda water or other sugar-less mixers as needed. Check out our blog post on the best alcohols for asian flush.

4) The Night Cap

The fourth best practice is to do these three steps before you go to sleep after you have been drinking: 1) drink at least two glasses of water 2) eat carbs like toast, noodles, etc., ideally an hour before bed 3) take an ibuprofen. These three things are crucial for reducing the “hangover” feeling the next day.

5) Topical Patch to Prevent Alcohol Flush Reaction

The most important of all tactics to mitigate asian glow and all of it’s symptoms – wear the Glowless patch. All you have to do is put one patch on at least 45 minutes before consuming alcohol so that the unique blend of vitamins has time to absorb and keep it on until the next morning. We also recommend the following:

  1. Wearing the patch on your chest opposite from your heart for maximum effectiveness.
  2. Wearing two patches if you are larger in size and/or experience severe asian glow when you drink.