Aleister Crowley gets a passing mention as one of the boys drinking absinthe in “Club helps patrons get in the spirit”
“Ernest Hemingway, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde and Aleister Crowley were all known absinthe drinkers.
Many believed the drink to have hallucinogenic properties associating it with violent crimes and social disorder leading to a near worldwide ban in the early 1900s.
The hallucinogenic property in absinthe is called thujone. Sheridan said there is so little in a bottle, that the 70% alcohol content ‘would kill you or make you pass out before the thujone would.’
‘It’s an aperitif,’ Sheridan said. ‘It is made to be sipped. It is not something you take to the campfire with the boys.'” [via]