If you get the "Asian glow", you may want to reconsider your next daisy.
A new study suggests that those who blush while drinking alcohol may be more susceptible to damaging their DNA than those who do not.
The rinsing reaction with alcohol, which turns the skin of some drinkers and the red face, is often referred to as the "Asian glow" or "Asian flush" because it is especially common among Asians. And although an episode of ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" suggested that it only happens to Asians, the red flush can affect anyone of any origin.
Those who acquire the red glow while drinking can not process alcohol efficiently due to inherited deficiency in the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2).
This deficiency means that the liver can not decompose acetaldehyde in alcohol, which leads to an accumulation of the toxic substance. The result? A rapid heartbeat, nausea, headache or red facial flushing.
British researchers now believe that those with Asian radiance are suffering more DNA damage than previously believed, according to a study published this month in the scientific journal Nature.  When testing the effects of alcohol on laboratory mice, researchers at the University of Cambridge found that mice with the gene responsible for "Asian glow" were four times more likely to have DNA damage after a single dose of alcohol.
"If you carry the mutation flush, alcohol could be very harmful to you," Ketan Patel, the study's lead author and a professor in Cambridge's molecular biology lab, told CBC News.
also proves something that researchers already know to be true: alcohol can damage DNA.
"This document is evidence that it is the alcohol itself that damages the DNA," Topiwala added. "It also provides direct support for the previous suspicion that alcohol is worse for those who have Asian blush."
The potential for DNA damage is especially concerning because that damage can cause cancer, and the study's co-authors believe that its findings may explain the link between alcohol and cancer risk.
"I think what this study does is provide a mechanism to establish a direct link between alcohol and cancer," said Topiwala, who works in the department of psychiatry in Oxford, at HuffPost.  The American Society of Clinical Oncology issued a statement in November highlighting the increased cancer risk of alcohol drinkers. According to the organization, which represents some of the best cancer doctors in the country, there is evidence showing that alcohol consumption is related to several cancers, including larynx, esophagus, breast and colon.
"Even the moderate use of alcohol" may increase the risk of cancer, "the group cautioned," but the greatest risks are seen with intensive long-term use. "
Daryl L. Davies, professor of pharmacy University of Southern California clinic that studies alcoholism, adopted a more cautious approach.
In an email to HuffPost, Davies said the study findings were "within what those who are into alcohol research You already know. "
He also noted that there is not a full agreement among researchers" about the cause of alcohol-induced cancers, and why some organs are more susceptible to cancers than others. "
Davies noted, however, that those with the genetic deficiency that causes blushing have an" increased incidence of particular cancers. "
When asked if people who get the glow should stop drinking alcohol completely, Davies said it was a "personal choice," but warned that ignoring the effects that accompany the "Asian blush" could be dangerous.
"Those who choose to ignore and try ways to elude washing – [for example, the] use of antihistamines – have a significantly greater chance of getting "certain cancers," said Davies. "You want to take the risk, even the individual."