Top 10 drinks myths

Absinthe is a hallucinogen

The Absinthe Drinker by Viktor Oliva

The Absinthe Drinker by Viktor Oliva

The potentially toxic/hallucinogenic thujone that supposedly causes the psychoactive effects of absinthe only shows up in neglectably small trace amounts.

The whole reputation of absinthe is based on a very simple fact: It was a strong, no-frills, cheap liquor, and thus favoured by big drinkers who couldn’t afford fancy wines and beers because of the sheer amount of their intake.

It was also favoured by famously ‘unstable’ figures of days-gone-by, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Charles Baudelaire, so they may have added to this transcendental reputation of the spirit.

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