Absinthe is a drink that became popular at the end of the 19th century, mainly in France. Later on, its use was the subject of controversy due to its effects, and it was even banned in some countries. This has contributed to surround absinthe with an aura of mystery and secrecy, sometimes a bit exaggerated.  In any case, it should be consumed in moderation, as is the case of any liquor with a high alcoholic content.