According to the BBC, Switzerland is close to lifting an almost 100-year ban on high-proof absinthe. It’s interesting to note how little has changed in 100 years,
Absinthe, first produced in the 18th century by Henri-Louis Pernod, acquired a reputation as a creative lubricant in 19th-century Paris.
But it was banned in Switzerland in 1908, after a factory worker killed his wife and two children in a frenzy thought to have been brought on by the drink.
Switzerland ‘to lift absinthe ban’. The BBC, September 25, 2003.