Booze gene skips over Taiwanese
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.