Some Asians have a low tolerance for toxic chemicals such as alcohol. It is believed that the reason for “Asian glow” comes from the fact that China discovered drinks such as tea and soups many generations ago. These hot beverages were very effective at killing the bacteria in the water, where as in west they relied on alcoholic beverages to sanitize their water. Over time, people in the west developed higher levels of the enzyme needed to break down alcohol.
After reading the wiki article on this topic I think I’m going to stop drinking as much alcohol. I lack acetaldehyde dehydrogenase and as a result I’m at higher risk for esophageal cancer according to this article.
But I won’t quit before I have some of this amazing 9000 year old beer, ironically from China…