WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to a ruling by a regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, hangover is now a legitimate sickness.
- This is so due to the fact that hangovers come with symptoms like headache and fatigue that is a shift from normal body functions.
- The ruling was also made against a company’s claims that their products can cure the aftereffects of hangovers.
A court in Germany has ruled that hangovers are now a disease. Finally, a legit excuse for employees across the globe to offer following a night of drunken antics.
In a timely judgment made against a company that sold ‘anti-hangover’ products, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt handed the ruling just days before the legendary annual Oktoberfest begins in Munich.
Illness is characterized by any minor disturbance in the body’s normal functions, according to the court. A hangover is caused by overconsumption of alcohol. Typically, a person with a hangover experiences various unpleasant effects that include headache, nausea, fatigue and sensitivity to light, which differs from the bodily norm.
Thus, the court ruled that hangover is a sickness.
“They do not occur as a result of the natural ‘up and downs’ of the body, but as a result of the consumption of alcohol, a harmful substance,” stated the court. Therefore, the unnamed firm’s claims that powders and shots can cure hangover is ruled unlawful.
While the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says there is probably no cure for a hangover, they can still be prevented by not drinking at all.
However, there is hope for those with the ‘disease’. Doctors told CNN that consuming foods with high levels of vitamin A, potassium and zinc can help replenish lost nutrients that alcohol prevented the body from absorbing. It is also essential to rehydrate especially in the morning after since alcohol is dehydrating.
Experts also suggest that it’s better to skip that “hair of the dog” hangover remedy the next morning. Though it can temporarily make you feel better, the hangover will eventually come crashing down when you stop drinking.