German court rules hangovers are an 'illness'

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German court rules hangovers are an 'illness'
A man with the typical 'cures' for a hangover. Photo: Depositphotos/Focuspocusltd

The Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Frankfurt am Main said in a ruling published Monday that hangovers are an "illness", in a timely judgement days after the annual Oktoberfest beer festival began in Munich.


The case landed before judges in Frankfurt when plaintiffs claimed a firm offering anti-hangover "shots" and drink powders to mix with water was making illegal health claims.

The court ruled that since a Kater (hangover in German) is an illness, a food company can't make claims to heal it.

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"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 sober ruling from the superior regional court read.

"By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body" -- including the tiredness, nausea and headaches the company claimed its product could polish off, they added.

In fact, doctors have long since coined the word "veisalgia" as a specialist medical term for the morning after the night before, the judges noted.

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