North Korea have announced that they have successfully developed the world’s first hangover-free alcohol.
According to state media, a popular North Korean liquor can be drunk without any fear of suffering a hangover the next day. The reason? The drink manufacturer replaced sugar with scorched, glutinous rice.
The change of ingredients has eliminated a bitter taste and hangovers, it is claimed.
Ginseng is commonly used in both Koreas on the ground of its medicinal properties and is famous for its use in the city of Kaesong in the North Hwanghae province in North Korea.
The article reads: “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.”
Last August, the Korean Central News Agency reported how North Korea’s Koryo Songgyungwan University was working on improving the quality of Kaesong Koryo Insam Liquor.
Andray Abrahamian, from Chosong Exchange, a group that supports business in North Korea, told NK News: “I haven’t tried that brand I think, though I have had some other Insam liquors. They’re OK – I associate ginseng with its medicinal properties, though, so am not that keen on it as a tasty treat.
“There are some high quality liquors made in North Korea, though in my experience there is no such thing as hangover-free booze anywhere in the world.”
If the claims about the hangover-free drink prove true it could be a popular choice of tipple in the South where 12.1 litres of alcohol is drunk a year, according to a 2012 World Health Organisation report.
The report states the South Koreans drink more alcohol than any other Asian country.
Last year, North Korean state media claimed medical products containing extracts from the ginseng plant could cure SARS and AIDS.