North Korea is at it again!
> The drink, whose production North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw, is infused with ginseng root, the same plant used to cure all those diseases. Burnt rice is used to replace sugar, a process that eliminates the bitter taste and any risks of a hangover.
Won't cause hangovers or intoxication if there's no sugar.
It gets you drunk, but has a simple molecule difference from regular alcohol that protects against liver toxicity.
ILLEGAL because it doesn't cause ENOUGH liver damage.
Bullshit. Hangovers are mainly caused by dehydration, lack of nutrients, and poor decisions.
Alcohol is a diuretic, so it would either have to be a depressant in beverage form that wasn't alcohol, or more than likely, North Korea is lying to seem more advanced than it really is.
That's like saying margarine won't make you fat since it's one molecule away from being plastic.
the most recent data I saw indicates that dehydration is an old wives tale. does seem counter-intuitive, but hey it's not about my intuition.
>Over the past five years, AHRG has put out research to reveal that pretty much everything anyone has ever told you about the causes of hangover is wrong—or at least unproven.
>Take dehydration. Sure, it makes sense: Alcohol suppresses the antidiuretic hormone vasopressin, which ordinarily keeps you from peeing too much. Plus, if you’re drinking booze, you’re probably not drinking water. But in dehydrated people with hangovers, levels of electrolytes don’t differ too much from baseline controls—and when they do, they don’t correlate with hangover severity.
>Best of all, AHRG’s researchers have begun to converge on a promising theory about what really causes hangovers: namely, that they’re an inflammatory response, like what happens when we get an infection. A team in Korea noticed that hangovers are accompanied by elevated levels of molecules called cytokines, which are used as communication signals by the immune system. If you inject those into a healthy subject, that person will start to have all kinds of familiar-sounding symptoms, including nausea, gastrointestinal distress, headache, chills, and fatigue.