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German court rules hangovers are an 'illness'

A firm claimed to have an anti-hangover concoction, but a German court says this is unlawful, food supplements cannot claim to treat a sickness.

A German court has ruled that hangovers were an "illness", says a DW report. The judgment came after plaintiffs claimed a company offering anti-hangover "shots" and powders was making unlawful claims about curing the after-effects of alcohol. Food and drinks cannot be promoted as being able to combat illnesses, the legal statement read.

"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 court's statement said. "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 firm claimed its product could alleviate.

The report says the decision comes at the beginning of the famous drinking celebration, Oktoberfest, in Munich.

[link url="https://www.dw.com/en/hangovers-are-an-illness-german-court-rules/a-50556379"]DW report[/link]

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