Absinthism: fictitious 19th century syndrome

Stephan A Padosch†1, Dirk W Lachenmeier*†2 and Lars U Kröner†3

Addresses: 1 Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Klinik für Anästhesiologie, Im Neuenheimer Feld 110, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany; 2 Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt (CVUA) Karlsruhe, Weißenburger Str. 3, D-76187 Karlsruhe, Germany;  3 Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität zu Köln, Melatengürtel 60–62, D-50823 Köln, Germany

 

The theory of a previous gross overestimation of the thujone content of absinthe may have been
verified by a number of independent studies. Based on the current available evidence, thujone
concentrations of both pre-ban and modern absinthes may not have been able to cause detrimental
health effects other than those encountered in common alcoholism. Today, a questionable
tendency of absinthe manufacturers can be ascertained that use the ancient theories of absinthism
as a targeted marketing strategy to bring absinthe into the spheres of a legal drug-of-abuse.
Misleading advertisements of aphrodisiac or psychotropic effects of absinthe try to re-establish
absinthe's former reputation. In distinction from commercially manufactured absinthes with limited
thujone content, a health risk to consumers is the uncontrolled trade of potentially unsafe herbal
products such as absinthe essences that are readily available over the internet.

A Classic Cocktail

Yellow Daisy Cocktail

(Serves 6)

2 glasses gin
2 glasses French vermouth
1 glass Grand Marnier
1 dash of absinthe

Shake with ice. Strain into 6 cocktail glasses.

Not only the favourite drink, but also the one made famous, if not invented, by Richard William ("Deadwood Dick") Clark, recently deceased.*
 
Onetime Custer scout, Pony Express rider, Deadwood Gulch stage coach guard, inspiration for all the Deadwood Dick novels of E. L. Wheeler, friends of Wild Westerners, Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill, Poker Alice Tubbs, Calamity Jane, Madame Mustache and Diamond Dick Turner of Norfolk, Nebraska.  Clark is buried on Sunrise Mountain, overlooking Deadwood Gulch, South Dakota.

*Recently in 1930 -ed.

Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930 

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