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North Korean Scientists Reportedly Invent​ ​Hangover-Free​ Alcohol


Tom Hale

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770 North Korean Scientists Reportedly Invent? ?Hangover-Free? Alcohol

Workers of the world unite: You have nothing to lose but your hangover.

The North Korean state-owned newspaper, Pyongyang Times, has reported that scientists from Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory claim to have developed an alcoholic spirit that doesn't give you a hangover.


Boasting a punchy 30 to 40 percent alcohol by volume, the spirit is distilled from organic glutinous rice and Kaesong Koryo insam – a type of ginseng indigenous to the hermit kingdom.

The Pyongyang Times article, titled “Liquor Wins Quality Medal For Preserving National Smack,” explains:

“Koryo Liquor, which is made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam, known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice, is highly appreciated by experts and lovers as it is suave and causes no hangover.”

The article also said that the drink, which "exudes national flavour," has "already been registered as a national scientific and technological hit." If true, this would not in fact be the first supposed "hangover-free" alcohol developed – a group in Australia has also reportedly brewed up a beer that won't give you the nasty after-effects of drinking. 


In between committing mass human rights abuses and dodging hangovers, North Korea also claims to have developed a cure for AIDS, Ebola and SARS. Health data on the North Korean people remains difficult to gather because of its intense political isolation from the wider world. However, government investigations from the United States have reported that “tuberculosis, malaria, and hepatitis B are considered to be endemic to the country.” Famine and malnutrition also continue to be a major issue for thousands of North Koreans' health and well-being.


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