Eating last night with somebody who ordered absinthe as an after dinner drink made me look up the wormwood beverage.  I share a book and an article.

Jad Adams, Hideous absinthe : a history of the devil in a bottle (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004).  See also Michael Montagne, “Drugs on the Internet, Part V: Absinthe, Return of the Emerald Mask,” Substance Use & Misuse 48/7 (May 2013): 506-512.