Am I allergic to alcohol or alcohol intolerant?

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Hi! I’m a young woman who has some health issues (asthma, respiratory/sinus-related issues mostly) but I never had any reaction to alcohol before 4 or 5 months ago. It doesn’t happen every time I drink, but there is at least a 50/50 chance that even with half a shot (or drink) I will quickly develop a flushed face. This can happen with every type of alcohol (tequila, vodka, champagne, beer, etc.). Sometimes it’s just a splotchy red chin/lower face; sometimes it’s my forehead, or nearly my whole face as well as my upper chest. The weird thing is that it’s very splotchy and random, not uniform—it looks almost like someone splattered red paint all over my face with a few large brush strokes thrown in here and there. Other than sometimes feeling hot or a slight tingle on my tongue (which could just be the strength of the liquor), I have no other consistent symptoms. But at times the rash looks HORRIBLE—very bright red; definitely could not go out and drink socially like that. Anyone know what might be causing this and if it’s safe to continue drinking?

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