Why do I blush so much when I drink alcohol?

Vasodilatation. Alcohol acts as a vasodilator, a drug which causes small blood vessels (capillaries) to dilate. Some of this comes from an intermediate by-product of alcohol metabolism called acetaldehyde, which is usually rapidly metabolized further, but in some people it can accumulate, causing more flushing than in other people. This happens particularly in people of asian background and native americans.

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Hi. What happens if I drink alcohol while I'm on flouxetne?

More depression. How much drinking are we talking about. If you consume alcohol regularly, particularly in amounts over 2 standard drinks/day, it may contribute to your depression. It also can cause the fluoxetine to be metabolized more quickly. If your prescriber doesn't know about your drinking, he or she needs to know! Read more...