Visiting the 'Green Fairy': absinthe-tourism – a potential challenge for travel medicine?

Bauer, Irmgard L. (2020) Visiting the 'Green Fairy': absinthe-tourism – a potential challenge for travel medicine? Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 37. 101709.

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Abstract

Increasingly, travellers are looking for novel and unusual tourism experiences. Local produce, such as wine and food, has long been a strong visitor magnet. The search for pleasurable experiences has extended to substances that may be illegal at home, or to those surrounded by mystery. Travel medicine needs to be aware of new trends in tourism, especially if they involve substances with potential health risks, so that appropriate travel health advice can be given including the consideration of potential adverse reactions with current medications or pre-existing conditions. This article introduces a relatively new trend, 'absinthe-tourism', the mysterious drink itself, its flamboyant history and the escalating health issues in the 19th century that finally led to its ban in many countries. Absinthe is now freely available from reputable distilleries. Today, medical concern lies rather with unscrupulous suppliers on the internet, high alcohol content and adulterations. Until evidence suggests otherwise, there may no concern for healthy travellers on the 'fairy-trail'.

Item ID: 63398
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-0442
Keywords: Artemisia, wormwood, thujone, hallucinogen, travel health
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 23:55
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350899 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 20%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420399 Health services and systems not elsewhere classified @ 80%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 10%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 10%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 80%
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