I was about the age of 16 when I discovered that I had a very strange intolerance to alcohol called Asian Flush. Yes, I know what you're thinking, 16 is a bit young to have tried my first drink of alcohol and admittedly I am not proud of it, but we all have our skeletons in the closet I guess.
How I came to know I had Asian Flush was quite embarrassing. I decided to drink some of my parent's liquor when they were out shopping out of sheer mischievousness. What happened next shocked me. My face turned bright red and my breathing became extremely restricted. As you can imagine, when my parents got home I ran to them, told them what i'd done and asked for help.
Since then this problem has plagued my social life. Whether it be when out on a date or at a party, whenever I drink alcohol I get a red face and look horrible - its really quite embarrassing.
It wasn't until about a year ago that I started to network with other Asian flush sufferers and together we formed a support network for other people who experience this unpleasant disorder.
Since establishing this network we have pooled a vast amount of knowledge and helped many Asian women cope with their Asian flush.