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In Star Trek genarations, data is seen drinking alcohol which he hates, how is he able to taste and consume it, I remember form a previous episode in the series he is not able to consume food or liquid

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In that scene in particular, he had previously installed Lore's emotion chip which is what causes the reaction

In the Season 1 episode "Datalore" - Lore "spikes" a drink that incapacitates Data. Data and Lore both seem to accept that they can drink.

(this is just the music but a still from the scene is visible)

From the episode Deja Q:

                    Q
        What do I ask for? I've never
        eaten before.

                DATA
        The choice of meal is determined
        by individual tastes.

                Q
        What do you like?

                DATA
        Although I do not require
        sustenance, I occasionally ingest
        a semi-organic nutrient suspension
        in a silicon-based liquid medium.

They sit at the bar.

                Q
        Is it good?

                DATA
        It would be more accurate to
        say it is "good for me" as it
        lubricates my bio-functions.
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    Yeah I know that, still doesn't explain how he can consume it – Darren Jan 21 '16 at 21:02
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    @Darren edited with more info - an episode seems to indicate that he does have the capability to ingest things explicitly to support his function, so I would question the validity of the question itself since he is shown to consume. Do you have a reference to him saying he cannot? – NKCampbell Jan 21 '16 at 21:14
  • So how would he dispose of it – Darren Jan 21 '16 at 21:18
  • @Darren - that's a different question than the one you posted ;) - here is an existing thread to that effect - scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/29177/… - I lean towards agreeing with the last comment on the page from Xantec – NKCampbell Jan 21 '16 at 21:21
  • Well it's connected to the same question, it's something to with how he consumes it – Darren Jan 21 '16 at 21:24
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The (kinda canon, kinda not) supplement to the official Trek RPG game has a schematic of Cmdr Data's upper body. As you can see from the labelled diagram, his chest cavity includes a "digestive enhancer" (with a label that goes behind his body to where his anus would be), strongly implying that he can ingest food and drink as well as disposing of it in a convincingly human fashion.

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  • Nice. And will ya look at that...his central power cavity is just a wee bit off center and to the left, like the human heart. :-) – Praxis Jan 21 '16 at 21:04
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    Data may not, but his "mother," Juliana O'Donnell, probably does. – Xantec Jan 21 '16 at 21:38
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    @T-1000'sSon - Soong was very keen for Data to have the appearance of a human including sexuality, realistic hair and some sort of digestive system – Valorum Jan 21 '16 at 21:40
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    @T-1000'sSon Was anyone in Star Trek TNG ever seen going to the bathroom? – Ram Tobolski Jan 22 '16 at 0:01
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    No, but Data is an android, who doesn't require food, water, or sleep. To think that he needs to expel waste like humanoids do seems ludicrous to me. – Ham Sandwich Jan 22 '16 at 0:28

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