German court officially rules hangovers are an 'illness'

German court officially rules hangovers are an 'illness'

There are few things more soul-destroying than a debilitating hangover. Head throbbing and throat drier than the Sahara Desert, sometimes hangovers can be so horrendously all-consuming it feels like they'll never end.

When the inside of your skull feels like it's being battered with a thousand tiny hammers, the last thing in the world you want to do is anything productive. Rather, a more typical course of action would probably be to lie in bed and contemplate the series of bad decisions that culminated in yet another hungover Sunday morning.

Now, a court in Germany has ruled the self-inflicted condition an 'illness' - much to the delight of alcohol enthusiasts.

A man drinking beer at Oktoberfest. Credit: Pexels

The ruling came about after a company claimed to have created anti-hangover shots and drinks powders. It was taken to court because the claims it made were deemed to be illegal.

In the case, hangovers were described as illnesses because of the debilitating effects they can have on the body. And no food or drink product can be legally marketed as being able to prevent illness.

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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 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."

A hungoverman. Credit: Pixabay

The company in question was not named in the ruling, which defined an illness as the tiredness, nausea, and headaches caused by hangovers.

Regardless, the ruling will be helpful to the countless revelers partaking in this year's Oktoberfest, which began on September 21 in Munich - especially as many will inevitably have to call in sick to work with debilitating hangovers!