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When I drink anything with liquor in it, I turn red and get splotchy. What is going on?

Asked by bellusfemina (808points) March 19th, 2010

I mainly just have red wine when I have a drink, but every now and then I will have a margarita or a rum and coke. Last night I had 1 mixed drink, and by the time I got home my face was bright red, and I had splotches all over my face, neck, chest, and a little on my arms!!! It went away after a couple of hours, but I can’t figure out what it is. This has happened several times, all with various liquor. (vodka, rum, tequilia etc) I used to drink mixed drinks in college, and NEVER had this problem before. This has just been happening over the past year. (I am 28 by the way)

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bummer's avatar

My first thought was the sulfides in red wine. I am allergic to sulfur based drugs, I turn bright red. Could it be meds or bc pills reaction?

CyanoticWasp's avatar

It’s mixing the drink with sex that’s causing that reaction.

Seriously, though… are the drinks stronger now? Are you drinking the same drinks? Same brands? What else are you consuming at the same time (and go into detail if I was right about the sex thing).

YoH's avatar

Check your blood pressure before and after having a drink. My mother-in-law had reddish blotches after drinking wine at Xmas one year.The Dr suggested her blood pressure raised and the wine caused the blotches.

davidbetterman's avatar

Quit using the cheap stuff. When you order a drink, ask for upper level quality booze. Like Patron for those Margaritas…

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

From your description it sounds like alcholic beverages make your blood pressure spike, I would advise you not to drink.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@MorenoMelissa1… or drink enough to lower your BP, one.

mass_pike4's avatar

u are just allergic to it now. Sometimes your body can tolerate it, like you were able to in college, but now your body does not want it and it is showing you. My friends have had this happen to them to, pretty much the same situation.

meagan's avatar

Great question. My cheeks blush when I drink. I’ve always assumed its because I’m so pale (and rarely drink) but now I’m rather concerned.

mass_pike4's avatar

after all alcohol is a toxin folks. The body heats up to try and get rid of the toxin. That is all it is

ItsAHabit's avatar

It sounds as if you might be experiencing the Oriental flushing reflex, a condition that affects some people in all populations but a higher proportion among Asian populations.

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