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Hangovers are an illness: German court

2019-09-24

A court in Germany handed Oktoberfest revelers a gift mere days after the festival opened by declaring hangovers an illness in a ruling against a drink-maker.

The unnamed company was accused of making illegal health claims for its drinks and powders it claimed could “cure” hangovers.

German law states that food products can’t be marketed as being able to treat or prevent illnesses.

“Information about a food product cannot ascribe any properties for preventing, treating or healing a human illness or give the impression of such a property,” the superior regional court’s ruling said.

“By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body.”

That includes symptoms like the headaches and nausea associated with hangovers, the court said.

The ruling is good news for American workers: a 2019 survey found that, on average, Americans call out of work twice a year to nurse their hangovers.