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Communism, is there anything it can’t do?

Via Foreign Policy:

Communists may have lost the Cold War, but that minor defeat will surely be forgotten in the annals of history now that scientists in Pyongyang have announced a much more important victory: They have created hangover-free alcohol.

According to the Pyongyang Times, the liquor is around 30 to 40 percent alcohol and “exudes national flavor.” That patriotic taste can be credited to ginseng and rice, the alcohol’s two main ingredients. And it could even classify ginseng as a miracle plant: In August, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed that a drug made with it can also cure Ebola, AIDS, and cancer.

The new liquor, called Koryo, was reportedly made out of insam — a local kind of ginseng. But scientists also replaced the sugar with scorched rice, which they credit with reducing the chances of a hangover the next day.

The Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory is responsible for this week’s success, and the Pyongyang Times said it won a “quality medal for preserving national smack.”

“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 article says. It also adds that the alcohol “has already been registered as a national scientific and technological hit.”