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Absinthe: the absinthe history
On 22 June 1988 a policy was decided which freed absinth of the stigma of illegalness and allowed the various states to adopt laws which allowed the legendary liquor to return to the free market.
In Italy, in 1931 the fascist government imposed a heavy sanction on the distribution and consumption of absinthe. Finally on 25 January 1922 with decree number 107, the Italian state removes the ridiculous ban and on 20 January 2003 in Bologna the legendary GREEN FAIRY reappeared to brighten the life of those who had been waiting for it for decades. (Even if the liquor was not legalized until 2002, there were several bars which in quite unique ways managed to offer the beverage.)

The small amount of information available makes it difficult to determine the exact date and place where the GREEN FAIRY made its first appearance.
It seems however that Absinthe first reappeared in Turin, historical capital for the highest consumption of vermouth in Italy.

The new consumers of the magic potion have respected the old traditions; Absinthe served with the French method is very popular even if the Bohemian method, in which the alcohol is burned, is the most preferred. Among the young it is preferred straight.

The wine drinker tends to become happy, to become talkative. The Absinthe drinker is lost in his fantasies; more than drunkenness, absinthe makes you feel dazed, it induces an orgy of the senses.

The sale of Absinthe is going much better than expected due to the astonishing success which it had in London.

One asks why Absinthe underwent this sort of persecution while other more dangerous distilled beverages were not banned.

Classical literature which recommends it does exist. Plinio the Old, just to give an example, praised its flavour and the therapeutic capacities which limited arthritis pain; Hippocretes prescribed it for jaundice, rheumatism, anaemia and menstrual pain.

In the middle ages a Roman infusion of Aretemisia Absinthium was used as a cure for lack of appetite for asthenia and also to lower a fever.

Rumour supported the fact that Absinthe was a strong aphrodisiac. This was confirmed by a large number of intellectuals such as Budelaire, Hemingway, Rimbaud, Verlaine and Picasso.
Oscar Wilde wrote: Absinthe, like poetry, facilitates love.

Absinthe ceased being a local trend when the original recipe developed by the French doctor Pierre Ordinaire in 1792 in Couvet, Switzerland, got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod in 1805 in Pontalier, France.
He began production on an industrial level. There was a daily consumption of 20,000 litres of the green beverage.

Consumption reached its record high in 1910 with 36,000,000 litres sold in France. Sales reached 220,000,000 litres in 1912.