Kim Jong Un’s Secret Hangover Cure, Revealed

Compared to other world leaders, not much is known about the head of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. Before his growing tensions with President Donald Trump, he was much more of a mystery. Kim certainly makes North Koreans follow some strange rules, and it appears he has some bizarre tendencies of his own.

However, a few of his habits do make him seem like a somewhat normal person — including the fact that he sometimes drinks like a college frat boy.

Kim Jong Un’s drinking


Hennessy is Kim Jong Un’s favorite. | Alexander Koerner/Getty Images for Hennessy

Kim is known, in part, for his lavish indulgences. He is apparently a big fan of Hennessy and other imported liquors, on which he spends around $30 million per year. He enjoys sipping cognac on his yacht, which former NBA star Dennis Rodman has said is like a “cross between a ferry and Disney boat.”

Next: A hangover-free liquor?

North Korea’s ‘hangover-free’ alcohol

North Korean cheer team members wave their national flags during the World Students Games opening ceremony in Daegu in 2003

Does North Korea have a secret “hangover-free” alcohol? | Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images

Clearly, hangovers are — or were — an issue for North Koreans. In 2016, North Korean scientists claimed to have invented a revolutionary liquor that doesn’t cause hangovers. The secret was apparently a blend of 6-year-old Kaesong Koryo Insam and “scorched rice.” But if it does exist, we may never know. And even if it does, it appears that North Korea’s leader prefers imported liquors.

Next: Kim Jong Un’s partying ways

The ruler of partying

Dennis Rodman leaving North Korea

Dennis Rodman is buddies with Kim Jong Un. | Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

According to Dennis Rodman, who has formed an odd friendship with the ruler of North Korea, Kim loves to party and drinks frequently. “He’s got 50 to 60 around him all the time — just normal people, drinking cocktails and laughing the whole time,” Rodman said, according to The Telegraph. He also described Kim’s private island as “like going to Hawaii or Ibiza.”

Next: Frequent partying comes at a cost.

The hangover cure

Homemade Red Boulevardier Cocktail with Orange Garnish

Too many cocktails have left the North Korean leader with wicked hangovers. | iStock/Getty Images

Of course, all that drinking comes at a cost, which is usually a substantial hangover. To combat this, Kim has apparently imported sauna equipment from Finland and Germany, which he uses to help him beat his hangovers and fatigue. Just like many of us, it seems North Korea’s leader likes to “sweat it out.”

Next: Are saunas effective hangover cures?

The benefits of using saunas

Kim Jong Un likes to sweat it out. | Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

So, is using a sauna an effective way to cure a hangover? The jury’s still out on that, but they do have some known health benefits. They relax muscles and soothe aches and pains, cleanse the skin, detoxify the body, and induce a deeper sleep. Of course, they can also affect blood pressure and cause dehydration. So if Kim knows what’s good for him, he’d drink copious amounts of water before relaxing in his sauna.

Next: Kim got it from his father.

Kim Jong Un’s fine tastes come from his father

Kim Jong Un has expensive taste. | Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Kim is known for paying top dollar for products made overseas — and not just alcohol. This is a trait he apparently inherited from his father, Kim Jong Il, who used to import expensive whiskey and cars as gifts for loyal officials.

Next: The drinking culture in North Korea might not be what you expect.

The North Korea drinking culture

North Korea lifestyle beer

North Koreans like to drink. | Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images

Americans see North Korea as an oppressive place. And in some ways, it is. But tourists who have been there describe a fairly laid-back drinking culture. Beer is cheap, and you’ll find tourist-friendly drinking spots inside hotels and karaoke bars.

However, overindulging is taken seriously: 22-year-old Otto Warmbier was held in North Korea after he got drunk and attempted to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel. He was eventually returned to the U.S. in a coma and died five days later, prompting Trump to ban American travel to North Korea.

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