HANGOVERS are an illness, a court has ruled – as judges declared that the symptoms are a “disruption of the body’s normal condition”.
In a decision that could make it easier to pull booze-related sickies, the aftereffects of drinking were found to constitute a legitimate ailment.
Drinkers enjoying massive glasses of beer at the opening weekend of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, last weekend[/caption]
The verdict, made in a German court this week, was against the distributor of a food supplement marketed as an “anti-hangover drink.”
Frankfurt’s state court said on Monday that the firm’s marketing violated a ban on claiming food products could 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.
‘DISRUPTS BODY’S NORMAL ACTIVITY’
And they said the term “illness” encompasses “any, even a slight or temporary, disruption of the body’s normal condition or normal activity.”
These include the symptoms associated with a hangover – such as headaches, tiredness and queasiness.
The company, which was not named, breached the law by claiming its drinks and powders could cure these booze-related symptoms.
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A court statement said: “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.
“By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body.”
The ruling comes just days after Oktoberfest celebrations kicked off in Munich.
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