Why was absinthe banned?
This is a question that I get asked all the time. My stock answer is that nobody knows for sure and that the answer varies from country to country.
Here are some theories on why absinthe was banned in France:
1. Before absinthe peaked in popularity, daily production levels were about 90 gallons a day. When it peaked, it shot up to 5,000 gallons a day. Distilleries had trouble meeting demand as some unsavory distillers cut corners and used low-grade alcohol that created health concerns.