North Korea Claims It Has Invented Hangover-Free Liquor

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The hermit kingdom has made all sorts of wild claims, some very worrying, but this latest one makes us smile.

An article in North Korea's Pyongyang Times, titled "Liquor wins quality medal for preserving national smack," claims the country has invented hangover-free liquor.

The concoction's main ingredients are scorched glutinous rice and a native variety of ginseng, which the Times says is "highest in medicinal effect."

The "suave" Koryo Liquor, which took years to perfect, is highly appreciated by experts, according to the outlet. Apparently, it even won the top prize at the country's national liquor exhibition last year.

Andray Abrahamian, who works for Chosong Exchange, a Singaporean non-profit that works in North Korea, told North Korean News while the country produces some high-quality liquor, he doubts there's such a thing as hangover-free booze.

But if it does exist, the outlet pointed out it may be a hit in South Korea — citing a 2012 World Health Organization report that its citizens drink more than any other nation in Asia, 12.1 litres of liquor a year per person.

Ginseng is a popular ingredient in North Korean products touting health-related benefits. Last year, state media said scientists had developed a vaccine made from the root, claiming it prevents and cures a wide range of ailments from MERS and Ebola to SARS and HIV/AIDS.

While this latest claim is also a stretch, it seems a bit more achievable than a cure-all vaccine. Watch the video above to learn more.

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