Absinthism - definition of absinthism by The Free Dictionary
Also found in: Medical
(Pathology) pathol a diseased condition resulting from excessive drinking of absinthe
an addiction to absinthe, a liqueur flavored with the narcotic wormwood, Artemisia absinthium. — absinthial, absinthian, adj.See also: Alcohol
References in periodicals archive
experiments were conducted on guinea pigs that were given concentrated wormwood in sealed glass jars, making the results virtually inapplicable to human drinkers.
In part because a grape bug ravaged many of the vineyards in France, creating a wine shortage and driving up wine prices, the readily available absinthe became a rage in France in the 1880s and 1890s - so much so that the 5 o'clock bell at cafes and cabarets throughout the country became known as l'heure verte (the green hour) and absinthism
became its own sub-category of alcoholism.