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US News I'll drink to that! German court rules that hangovers are officially an 'illness'

15:25  24 september  2019
15:25  24 september  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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A German court has ruled hangovers are an " illness ", in a case against the maker of an anti- hangover drink . The firm was taken to court in Frankfurt after being accused of making illegal health claims about its anti- hangover shots and drinks powders. In its ruling , the court said

a glass of beer on a table: The pints of beer are pictured at the opening day of the 186th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert The pints of beer are pictured at the opening day of the 186th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

A German court has ruled that a hangover is an illness after a food supplement company marketed one of its products as a hangover cure.

The state court in Frankfurt ruled in a verdict released on Monday that marketing by the defendant, which it did not identify, violated a ban on attributing to food products the ability to prevent, treat or heal illnesses.

It rejected an appeal against a lower court’s similar verdict.

Judges found that an illness should be defined broadly in the interest of protecting people’s health, according to a court statement.

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A German court has ruled 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

Finally, the excuse employees around the world have used after a night of drunken antics is legit: A German court has ruled that hangovers are a disease.

People attend the opening day of the 186th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert © Provided by Oath Inc. People attend the opening day of the 186th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

“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 ruling said.

“By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body."

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That, they said, includes headaches and other symptoms that result from consuming alcohol, “a harmful substance”.

  I'll drink to that! German court rules that hangovers are officially an 'illness' © Getty

The ruling comes as the 186th Oktoberfest got underway Saturday in the southern German city of Munich.

Around 6 million beer lovers from around the world are expected at the festival in Munich before the Oktoberfest ends on Oct. 6.

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Some 600 police officers and hundreds of security guards are tasked with keeping order around the many, often intoxicated visitors.

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