Incidents of mass poisoning affecting many millions of people around the world are NOT being reported by the media, today. That’s because very few of the victims will consider themselves to have been poisoned and most would scoff at the notion if put to them.
There will even be those who attribute their ill health to a cause other than the actual poisoning agent involved. Michael Green in his 1975 book ‘The Art of Coarse Drinking’ defined a coarse drinker as someone who, waking with a hangover after a heavy night, concludes there must have been something wrong with the tonic.
New Year’s Day, when more people will experience symptoms of poisoning as a result of the consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol than any other day of the year, seems to be the perfect time to upload the latest video in my ‘Poisonous Plants 1-2-1’ series. This one’s about Artemisia absinthium, wormwood, the plant used to flavour the drink absinthe.
Terrible effects are ascribed to drinking absinthe but there is insufficient of the active ingredient thujone in even the strongest versions of the green fairy drink to cause the problems claimed for it. It is the alcohol that does the harm.
There is a contemporary relevance to consideration of the stories put about concerning the effects of drinking absinthe. I coined the term drug aunt for those people who claim that every drug user requires treatment. Just as Dr. Magnan, who coined the term ‘absinthe epilepsy’ in the 1860s had a financial interest in providing treatment to ‘sufferers’ so, today, many drug aunts are engaged in the recovery industry and have a vested interest in promoting the idea that all drug use is harmful.
Here’s the video.
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