Brain and Body

North Korean Scientists Claim They Invented Hangover-Free Alcohol

January 22, 2016 | Johannes Van Zijl

Glass of alcohol, on the rocks

And it "exudes national flavor."

Many people were briefly impressed when North Korea claimed they produced a hydrogen bomb a couple of weeks ago. But that story was very short lived. Now, the latest news from North Korea is claiming that a scientist has produced alcohol that does not leave you with a nasty hangover the day after.

The North Korean state newspaper, Pyongyang Times, claims the alcoholic beverage they produced still boasts a 30 to 40 percent alcohol content, and it won't leave you wincing the following day.

The drink is made from Kaesong Koryo insam (Korean ginseng), a natural herb that North Koreans claim has medicinal properties. The state newspaper said that replacing the sugar with glutinous rice takes the bitterness away from the insam and (crucially) the hangover the next day.

According to the BBC, the newspaper said that the new alcohol beverage “exudes national flavor,” and among its selling points is that the spirit “is highly appreciated by experts and lovers.”

Hat-tip: BBC

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