Absinthe Research Paper

This paper discusses the history of the drinking of a strong alcoholic beverage, absinthe, focusing on individuals who were ravaged by the drink.
# 60047 | 7,465 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jul 16, 2005 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Sociology (General)

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This paper explains that, in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, beginning in France and spreading to America, a translucent green drink that went by the name of absinthe, the "green fairy", was popular; but, eventually, this enjoyment led to abuse and many advocates were weary of the effects it had on people. The author points out that today absinthe is banned as a food containing more than trace amounts of thujone rather than as a drug but the drink still remains legal in some parts of Europe including England. The paper relates that literary figures such as the French poet Paul Verlaine and Ernest Hemingway and artists such as van Gogh were attracted to and affected negatively by the "green fairy".

From the Paper:

"A bitter drink, absinthe is a strong alcoholic beverage made from the leaves and the upper part of the herbal extract wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). Emerald green in color, the drink is traditionally diluted with cold water, which is poured over a slotted spoon containing sugar into a glass containing a shot of absinthe. The drink then turns into an opaque whitish color as the essential oils precipitate out of the alcoholic solution, forming a colloidal suspension. According to a researcher, "drinking absinthe straight was about the same as drinking pure alcohol diluted one third with water." The absinthe that was ingested in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe and America was composed of an alcoholic content of about seventy-two to eighty percent."

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