Hungover People Are Legally Ill, Proclaims German Court
Published in Nov 2019 / Updated in Oct 2021
A German court in Frankfurt has recently ruled on a case that hangovers are to be considered an "illness" and can be used for "sick days" at work.
It's Monday night. Karen broke the photocopier in the office, blamed you, and then stole your lunch. Your wife called, screaming down the phone that Billy and Nelly have drawn on the cat, broke the eggs needed for dinner. And she seeped through a nappy from a stolen chocolate enraged binge.
You get home, and before you go to kiss everyone a good evening, you crab a cold one or 11 from the fridge. Now, you wake up the next morning feeling hungover as hell and can't face the thought of going to work. Does this sound familiar? Well, keep reading. You may need to move to Germany...
The Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Frankfurt am Main said in a ruling published Monday that hangovers are an "illness," in a timely judgment 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 making illegal health claims.
The court ruled that since a Kater (hangover in German) is an illness, a food company can't make claims to heal it.
"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 sober ruling from the superior regional court read.
"By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body" -- including the tiredness, nausea, and headaches the company claimed its product could polish off, they added.
In fact, doctors have long since coined the word "veisalgia" as a specialist medical term for the morning after the night before, the judges noted.
I don't know your boss, but maybe if we all collectively go on strike? We can have this implemented globally... and other lies I tell myself.