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Alcohol (chemical designation ethyl alcohol or ethanol) is a colorless, liquid chemical, usually the by-product of fermenting sugar. Alcohol is a powerful psychoactive drug with intoxicating effects in humanoids.

Alcohol is often replaced by synthehol, which carries all the properties of alcohol, but without the deleterious effects. When mixed with a theragen derivative, it blocks certain nerve impulses to the brain and can be used to treat the "madness" caused by exposure to interphase. (TNG: "Relics"; TOS: "The Tholian Web")

In 2374, an unnamed lifeform, having newly stolen Tom Paris' form, replicated five alcoholic beverages in USS Voyager's mess hall and became thoroughly intoxicated. (VOY: "Vis à Vis")

Jean-Luc Picard confiscated an alcoholic liquid called Dresci from Captain Dirgo while marooned on Lambda Paz. He observed that while the alcohol would advance dehydration if consumed, it could be useful as a coolant or disinfectant. (TNG: "Final Mission")

The Borg are known to have a particularly low tolerance for alcohol. Seven of Nine became intoxicated after a single glass of Champagne, leading The Doctor to conclude that the Borg simply "can't hold their liquor." (VOY: "Timeless")

According to Spock, his father's race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol. Preceding this remark, T'Pol also specifically noted the Vulcan stance on abstaining from wine. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King", ENT: "Breaking the Ice")

Some inconsistencies exist about Vulcan teetotalism. (VOY: "Repression") Vulcan port and brandy are both known to exist. In "The Maquis, Part I", Sakonna was willing to drink wine in order to respect Ferengi "cultural idiosyncrasies." A few years later, Tuvok drank Vulcan brandy. References to Vulcans -- with the exception of half-Human Spock (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier) -- consuming alcohol occur only in the 24th century, so it's possible that Vulcans had abandoned their teetotalism by then.

List of alcoholic beverages Edit

See: Alcoholic beverages

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