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Old 12-11-2003, 08:58 AM
Phlosphr Phlosphr is offline
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What is the medical condition causing: The Drunkards Red Nose?

Just wondering, over time I have heard and seen men and some women with a very vascular looking decidedly red nose. I've heard the slang, "thats a drunkards red nose". Does anyone know what the condition is, and what exactly causes it?
Old 12-11-2003, 09:04 AM
Colophon Colophon is offline
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Most of the sites I've found seem to say that it is nothing to do with alcoholism. It's a severe form of rosacea.

Heavy drinking can cause facial blood vessels to rupture though, so I would dispute that the conditions are entirely unrelated. It is probably fairer to say that excessive drinking can cause rosacea, but rosacea is not necessarily caused by alcohol.
Old 12-11-2003, 09:07 AM
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Here is a slightly more "scientific" site.
Old 12-11-2003, 11:00 AM
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Perhaps the ruptured facial vessels are helped along by falling and/or punches.
Old 12-11-2003, 03:12 PM
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Also known as "gin blossoms," as mentioned here:

"Rosacea has been indelibly linked with the bulbous nose and "gin blossoms" of comedian and alcohol aficionado W. C. Fields, but the condition actually results from a disparate assortment of stimuli acting in concert on a genetically susceptible host."

From , which probably has a lot more info than you want to know about the condition.
Old 12-11-2003, 08:26 PM
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Did Bill Clinton have this too?
Old 12-11-2003, 09:17 PM
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Originally posted by Gary T
Also known as "gin blossoms,"
Ooh! That would make a great name for a rock band!


Never mind.
Old 12-12-2003, 07:17 AM
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Originally posted by Markxxx
Did Bill Clinton have this too?
No, you're thinking of Ted Kennedy.
Old 12-12-2003, 07:50 AM
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One needn't be a "drunkard." One beer every few days is sufficient to keep some of my fairer-complected friends' noses a consistent bright pink.


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