Thr drink known as Absinthe was actually taken as a “tonic drink”; it became very popular by the end of the 19th century. Made from oils of WORMWOOD, combined with anise, coriander and hyssop, it is actually a narcotic alcoholic drink, banned now that it is realised that it causes permanent neural damage. Besides upsetting the nervous system, it irritates the stomach and increases heart action, and could cause disorientation, delirium and hallucination. At one time, wormwood was used in the preparation of all sorts of medicated wines and ales. Nowadays, extract of aniseed has replaced wormwood in aromatic liqueurs, in Pernod for instance, though small amounts of wormwood are still added to vermouth, which is a fortified white wine.