In the eyes of German law, a hangover is an illness


As the famed beer festival Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich, the appeal’s court of Frankfurt has publicly released a declaration that a hangover is an illness.

With this decision, the judges of Frankfurt’s court found in favour of a complaint filed against a company selling an "anti-hangover" drink. They claim the drink helps you more quickly get over the symptoms of having over-indulged the night before.

The court’s declaration specifies that "the information concerning a food cannot claim properties of prevention or treatment for a human illness, or give the impression it does".

The brand which lost the case has been forced to remove the sales feature for their drink as, according to the judges, the term illness designates "a dysfunction, however small or temporary, in the body’s normal condition" which thus corresponds to the symptoms of a hangover. All that remains to be seen is how many Germans will now try to get sick leave for a hangover!