I see....thank you for all your inputs. I think i'll stear clear. now that I know why he was warning me off it, I feel a little better.
I think you may have gotten somewhat of the wrong idea - modern absinthes are as safe as any other liquors are - moderate consumption may be
slightly beneficial; excess might cause you to crash a car; habitual excess will rot your liver.
That said, it is somewhat of an acquired taste, unless you like anise flavor
I tried some a friend brought back from Easter Europe a couple of years ago - not something I'll ever drink much of, but an interesting aperitif