North Korea says it has invented hangover-free alcohol

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Scientists in North Korea claim they have created what is arguably one of the most sought-after drinks: hangover-free alcohol.

The country's state-run news outlet Pyongyang Times claims the ginseng-based Koryo liquor, miraculously, won't cause a hangover due to a new production method.

Koryo liquor, which the report describes as "suave," contains between 30 and 40 percent alcohol and has been around for years — though it's reserved for the country's elite.

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But the producer, Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory, has reportedly made several tweaks to the original recipe that North Korea says made the liquor hangover-free. After years of research, the factory switched its production method to using "boiled and scorched glutinous rice instead of sugar."

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Not only does this keep the drinker from having throbbing headaches associated with overdoing it on the booze, but it also reportedly contains "essential amino acids... and vitamins."

"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 report reads. It describes the liquor as a product that "exudes national flavour."

Unfortunately, this liquor is only sold in North Korea, so this claim is nearly impossible to verify.

But it isn't the first miracle product that North Korea has reportedly made from ginseng. In June, the secretive nation announced a newly developed drug called Kumdang-2 that supposedly treats AIDS, tuberculosis, cancer and dozens of other illnesses.

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