Calling in sick because of drinking too much the night before is now a legitimate excuse to tell your boss—at least for Germans.
The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt ruled that hangovers are a disease, a decision the court made in a case against a company that sold "anti-hangover" products and just a few days since the legendary Oktoberfest began.
Any minor disturbance in the body's function is considered an illness, the court ruling said, given that hangovers—which cause headaches, nausea, and exhaustion—veer from the bodily norm. This led the regional court to rule that a hangover is, indeed, an illness.
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"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," the court said, as quoted by CNN. It added that the company—the name of which was undisclosed—cannot claim that its powders and shots can cure hangovers.
There is no cure for a hangover and the only way for it not to manifest is to avoid drinking in the first place, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
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However, there is a way to help the hungover. Speaking with CNN, physicians say consuming food rich in vitamin A, potassium, and zinc can replenish lost nutrients that the body stopped absorbing due to alcohol.
Drinking lots of water the morning after a night of drunken antics is also important. This helps the body rehydrate as drinking alcohol can lead to dehydration.
Experts also advise against doing the "hair of the dog" trick the following morning. "Hair of the dog" is an alcoholic beverage consumed to ease a hangover. While it can delay the nauseating feeling of a hangover a bit, it will come back later in the day.