It appears ballistic missile technology isn’t the only thing North Korea has been working on over the past decade.
As per new reports from the hermit kingdom, after years of experimenting with a “miracle” plant extract, scientists have come up with a brand new invention that could essentially change the art of heavy drinking as we know it.
The new type of liquor made from ginseng, which Pyongyang officials have previously referred to as the “elixir of life,” can reportedly get you drunk without getting a horrendous hangover.
North Korea’s Pyongyang Times states the Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory replaced sugar with other ingredients that apparently help eliminate both bitterness and hangovers.
“Koryo liquor, which is made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam [ginseng], 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 newspaper claims.
As fascinating as the idea may sound, there is a high possibility of Koryo liquor being a sham, since it is claimed to have been invented in North Korea, a secretive state notorious for making outlandish claims.
In fact, just last year, the country’s young dictator Kim Jong-un falsely claimed that ginseng the “wonder drug” could not only cure AIDS, but also eradicate other potentially fatal health threats such as Ebola and cancer.
Andray Abrahamian, a British citizen and executive director of Choson Exchange, a nonprofit group that teaches a young generation of would be businessmen in North Korea, expressed his doubts to NK News.
“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,” Abrahamian said.
But the idea of hangover-free alcohol isn’t really bizarre, nor is it a new one. In 2013, David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, said he had developed a synthetic alcohol substitute that allowed drinkers to enjoy the pleasures of being tipsy, but attenuated all the nasty side effects.
Unfortunately, Nutt’s wonder drug hasn’t hit the market yet. So let’s hope Koryo liquor is not a hoax.