North Korea Claims To Have Invented Hangover-Free Alcohol

North Korea Claims to Have Invented Hangover-Free Alcohol

Never mind the nuclear rumblings, arbitrary executions and incessant famines: North Korea is Best Korea, because North Korea has invented hangover-free booze! According to state-run newspaper The Pyongyang Times, Koryo Liquor is an alcoholic beverage made from ginseng and glutinous rice. The paper describes it as "suave and causes no hangover", qualities which have won Koryo the (presumably coveted) December 15 Medal of Quality.

This isn't the first time North Korea's eminent scientists have proclaimed the magical medical properties of ginseng: it's the essential ingredient in the Kumdang-2 injection, which apparently cures SARS and AIDS, among other ailments.

Before you write off Koryo altogether, it's worth noting that ginseng does actually have some reputed hangover-curing properties. In a 2014 study, a red ginseng drink was shown to relieve the symptoms of a hangover when compared to water, thanks to its effects on alcohol metabolism.

[Pyongyang Times via BBC]

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    It's hangover free because it kills you... 1 sip and you'll meet your maker.

    Nah, I'm sure there is a hang over.

    But if anyone there points this out he or she is likely to be never seen nor heard of again.

    If only they had oil, we would force democracy down their throats whether they wanted it or not...

      Nah, just look at Saudi Arabia. Tons of oil, horrible human rights situation, and the US and co won't even touch them. If North Korea had oil then they'd be sitting pretty. We'd probably have pretty pictures of Obama and co shaking hands and smiling with Kim Jong Il or whoever it is over there now.

      If by Democracy in an oil-rich nation you mean 100K civilians killed each year then I think North Korea is there already without the oil.

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