Tuesday, March 24, 2009

better lay off the sake


Brooks PJ, Enoch M-A, Goldman D, Li T-K, Yokoyama A (2009) The Alcohol Flushing Response: An Unrecognized Risk Factor for Esophageal Cancer from Alcohol Consumption. PLoS Med 6(3): e1000050. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000050

I never thought I'd see the term "Asian glow" used in a scientific publication. (I always used to call it "Asian heat.")

Anyway, this is pretty important stuff: turning pink when you drink not only means you look silly at parties, but it may also mean you have an increased risk of contracting esophageal cancer. This hasn't gotten the play in the media that it might have if it were something that applied particularly to people of African or European ancestry, so I thought I'd do my tiny part to get the word out there.

I've never been much of a drinker, for precisely this reason. Well, not because I was worried about getting esophageal cancer, but because girls don't look very cute when flushed bright red from head to toe, and when one is at a party one is often concerned with looking cute. I am glad to now have a medical justification for not being able to knock them back like some of my friends can.

You have been warned.