Asians and Native Americans of Asian descent are in a very peculiar
situatuion when it comes to alcohol. They are missing a critical
enzyme used in the breakdown of alcohol. When the alcohol
(ethanol) enters the body, it is changed into acetaldehyde, which is
more toxic to the body than alcohol. It is then broken down form
there into, eventually carbon dioxide and water. Unfortuantely, the
enzyme that does this step is missin in most Asians.
This basically means that the burnoff that is calculated in the blood
alcohol content does not apply to most Asians and Native Americans.
Instead the alcohol will stay and continue to circulate in their body.
This causes more drastic negative effects, (nausea, redness of face,
blackouts), than the average drinker.