The truth about hangovers is a buzzkill, but the little we know ...

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The truth about hangovers is a buzzkill, but the little we know helps

Hangovers have been classified as an illness in Germany. But what are they, really, and how can we stop them?

Maria Lally

The pounding head. The parched mouth. And, worst of all, the crushing sense of anxiety as you cast your (foggy) mind back to the night before and try to remember if you said or did anything awful.

Most of us have woken up with a hangover at some point and struggled through the day wondering how on earth a few drinks can leave us feeling so wretched (“Can I die from a hangover?” has more than 15 million hits on Google).

But the medical definition of a hangover has finally been settled by a German court, which in September ruled it should be classed as an official illness...

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