It’s Official! Germany Proclaimed Hangovers Are An Illness, May We Please Have Sick Leave Now?


Can you recall the number of times you have used creative ‘bahanas’ to ask for emergency leave from your boss? From fever to traffic jam, ‘dadi serious hai’ and what not! Most of us have done this at some point or the other in our life! After all, nothing is worse than going to work with a bad headache. And, we only wish those nasty hangovers somehow qualified for sick leave!

Well, if you are a working professional in Germany, you might get this privilege. In a case against a company that used to sell and manufacture a product that claimed to treat hangovers, the German court has declared hangovers as an illness and has banned anti-hangover supplements in the country, reports NY Times.

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The product marketed as an “anti-hangover shot,” claimed to contain “plant extracts with antioxidants, electrolytes and vitamins” that help in treating nausea, headaches, and drowsiness that hit after excessive alcohol intake.

The court ruled that any such products that promise to cure hangovers are fraudulent. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated that there are no known effective medical treatments for the “unpleasant physical and mental symptoms” that a human body goes through after alcohol consumption, reports BBC.

Declaring hangovers as an illness, the court said in a statement, “By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body. This includes the tiredness, nausea, and headaches commonly associated with hangovers.”

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“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 superior regional court’s ruling said. The verdict came just a few days after the popular beer festival Oktoberfest kicked off in the country.

We wonder if the people working in Germany can apply for sick leave in the name of hangovers from now on? If this is so, help me find a job in Germany, now!

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