As a German court classes a hangover as an illness, Maria Lally investigates whether it's possible to cure.

The pounding head. The parched mouth. And, worst of all, the crushing sense of anxiety as you cast your (foggy) mind back to the night before and try to remember if you said or did anything awful.

Most of us have woken up with a hangover at some point and struggled through the day wondering how on earth a few drinks can leave us feeling so wretched ('can I die from a hangover?' has over 15 million hits on Google). But the

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