For years I took Pepcid for Asian glow. After tons of experimenting in college, it was the only thing I could find that alleviated my glow. If you’re Asian and you get red when you drink, chances are you are experiencing alcohol flush reaction, which is your body lacking activity by an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2). Put simply, your body is telling you to stop slow down, stop drinking, and hydrate.
After experiencing this for the first time, it’s highly likely that you have taken or been told to take Pepcid ac or Zantac before you drink so you don’t get red. While that can reduce or prevent the redness when you drink, it’s also proven to be very dangerous and doesn’t solve for the other side effects of alcohol flush, such as an increased heart rate, headache and nausea.