Booze gene skips over Tai­wanese

CityPress - - News - – The In­de­pen­dent

Ever heard the one about how the Tai­wanese can drink you un­der the ta­ble? No? Well, that’s be­cause, ge­net­i­cally, many of them can’t.

Bri­tain’s In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per re­ports al­most half of Tai­wan’s pop­u­la­tion lacks the gene re­quired to break down al­co­hol in their sys­tem, putting them at risk of can­cer and res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems.

Quot­ing the China Times, it re­ported that 47% of Tai­wan res­i­dents lack the ALDH2 gene, which en­ables the body to prop­erly metabolise al­co­hol.

Those who want to check if they have the gene or not can soak a plas­ter with an al­co­holic drink and put it on their skin.

If the skin turns red­dish af­ter 20 min­utes, it is likely they don’t have it.

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