Absinthe: a potent herb liquor containing wormwood, anise, and fennel that initially causes stimulation and euphoria but in large doses can be toxic.
Absinthe, a distilled liquor that is 68% alcohol, was first produced commercially in 1797. It proved so powerful and dangerous due to a toxin in the wormwood that could cause delerium and death that it was banned in France in 1915 and subsequently by many other countries. Many dissolute artist overindulged in absinthe during the nineteenth century. Currently it is making somewhat of a comeback in the united states and some European countries.