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The trouble with absinthe

Absinthe has a mixed reputation. From its role as a supposed cure for ringworm to inducing madness, David Jesudason charts how the controversial spirit made from wormwood, anise and fennel has both healed and harmed.

Words by David Jesudason

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About the author

Black and white, head and shoulders portrait of David Jesudason.

David Jesudason

David Jesudason is a freelance journalist who covers race issues for BBC Culture, Pellicle and Vittles. He was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2023, after his first book ‘Desi Pubs, A Guide to British-Indian Pubs, Food and Culture’ was hailed as “the most important volume on pubs in 50 years”. David also writes ‘Pub Episodes of My Life’, a weekly newsletter about the drinking establishments that serve marginalised people.