The legacy of absinthe as a mysterious, addictive, and mind-altering drink continues to this day. Though its psychoactive effects and chemical makeup are contested, its cultural impact is not.]citation needed[ Absinthe has played a notable role in the fine art movements of Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Surrealism, Modernism, Cubism and in the corresponding literary movements.]citation needed[ The legendary drink has more recently appeared in movies, video, television, music, and contemporary literature.]citation needed[ The modern absinthe revival has had a notable effect on its portrayal.]citation needed[ It is often shown as an unnaturally glowing green liquid demonstrating the influence of contemporary marketing efforts.
Absinthe has a widely documented role in 19th century visual art and was frequently the subject of many genre paintings and still lifes of the day.
An alcoholic beverage is a drink that contains ethanol. Alcoholic beverages are divided into three general classes for taxation and regulation of production: beers, wines, and spirits (distilled beverages). They are legally consumed in most countries around the world. More than 100 countries have laws regulating their production, sale, and consumption. Beer is the third most popular drink in the world, after water and tea.
Alcoholic beverages have been consumed by humans since the Neolithic era; the earliest evidence of alcohol was discovered in Jiahu, dating from 7000–6600 BC. The production and consumption of alcohol occurs in most cultures of the world, from hunter-gatherer peoples to nation-states.