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Germans Can Now Apply For MC If They're Hungover Because It Is Legally An Illness

The court said that illness can be defined as "minor or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body".

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Germans can now call in sick when hungover because a court in Frankfurt has just ruled that hangovers are officially an 'illness'

According to Malay Mail, the decision came on Monday, 23 September, in a court case against a drinks company.

The company was accused of making illegal health claims about their 'anti-hangover' shots and drink powders.

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The Frankfurt Superior Regional Court said that companies that sell food and drink products could not market them as cures for hangover-related symptoms

"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 ruling said, according to The New York Times.

The court said that those human illnesses include hangovers.

An illness can be defined as "minor or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body", the court explained

"Tiredness, nausea, and headaches are symptoms of the hangover, an illness, as the symptoms are beyond the natural range of variation of the human body," said the court, as reported by RT News.

This includes self-inflicted illnesses, such as the consumption of alcohol.

The judges also stated that doctors have previously coined the word 'veisalgia' as a technical medical term for the morning after drinking the night before.

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The ruling is likely to be music to the ears of many Germans as it comes just days after the annual Oktoberfest beer festival has kicked off in Munich.

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