Alcohol Flushing Reliable As An Indicator of Risk of Esophageal Cancer September 21 2014

According to a report from the NIH, physicians who have patients who report flushing from alcohol consumption need to be aware of the associated risk of esophageal cancer.

The link between Alcohol Flushing—a visible and very perceptible part of the affected person’s reaction to alcohol—and esophageal cancer is, at this point, firmly established. In some cases, researchers found that people who have specific genetic make-ups might have from 6 to 10 times higher likelihood of developing esophageal cancer from drinking.

Physicians, in the study, are advised to tell their patients about moderating their alcohol consumption. If you do like to drink, you’re probably very familiar with the symptoms of Alcohol lushing, but it’s important to know exactly what they are. 

How You Can Tell

Alcohol Flushing can start after any number of drinks. For some people it might start at less than a full drink.

The most telltale sign is a visible reddening of the face. Some people get this to a greater extreme than others do and some people may actually turn purplish.

The person affected will generally feel their heart racing, and they might feel like they are having an allergic reaction. Head congestion is common and some people have headaches. They may also feel like their body is very hot. The reaction is so similar to an allergic reaction that some people mistake Alcohol Flushing for an allergy to alcohol.

These symptoms can be rather severe in some people, and that’s a good sign that you need to keep a close eye on your alcohol consumption if you do suffer extreme reactions. 

Moderation Can Mean Better

If you do drink from time to time, drinking in moderation can bring down your bill at the bar quite a bit. If you’re sensible and responsible, you can easily enjoy higher quality drinks.

In some cases, you might want to consider actually asking for drinks with lower alcohol content in them. This is a good way to keep the social aspects of the bar as a part of your life but to reduce drinking at the same time.

There are a lot of ways you can moderate your alcohol consumption and, if you do suffer from Alcohol Flushing, it’s something you should consider. Talk to your physician about other ways you can still enjoy a drink now and then, but be sure you’re considering your health.

Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).