Hangovers have been deemed an illness by a German court in a ruling that will come as sweet relief to drinkers recovering from the start of Oktoberfest.
The verdict came in a case against the distributor of anti-hangover supplements.
The company, which was not named, was held to have breached a ban on attributing the ability to prevent, treat or heal illnesses to food products.
Judges in Frankfurt found that the all too familiar tiredness, pounding headaches and churning sickness that result from consuming alcohol, a harmful substance, amounted to a disruption of the bodys normal condition or normal activity.
The ruling comes just days after the annual Oktoberfest beer festival kicked off in Munich.
Judges noted that hangovers were often referred to in medical literature as ailments under the term veisalgia – from the Norwegian word for discomfort following debauchery and the ancient Greek word for pain.
The case was brought against the manufacturers of a drink billed as being able to prevent them.
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