Can you take sick leave if you drink too much? A German court has ruled that hangover is a disease

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 Can you take sick leave if you drink too much? A German court has ruled that hangover is a disease


The annual Munich Beer Festival is in full swing (Reuters)

Overseas Network, September 24 - The Frankfurt Court of Justice in Germany recently handed down a judgment in a case concerning a sobering drink, in which hangover was defined as a human disease.

German court in Frankfurt has officially defined hangover as a human disease, Reuters reported Wednesday. This means that Frankfurt office workers who drank too much the night before are perfectly legitimate if they want to take sick leave on the grounds of hangovers.

It is reported that the Frankfurt Court made the decision in the hearing of a anti-hangover beverage case. The company that made the drink was accused of illegally promoting its treatment for hangovers. In its judgment, the court forbade the company to refer to any efficacy that can prevent, alleviate and treat any human disease, as well as to make a relevant impression in its advertising campaign.

The Court explained that hangovers are a human disease because they can be defined as minor and temporary disturbances to the normal state and function of the human body. The court added that although symptoms such as fatigue, nausea and headache were self-induced, it was still a disease. And these symptoms usually disappear spontaneously and do not require medical treatment.

For the Germans, the verdict could be good news, as the annual Munich Beer Festival just opened on September 22.

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