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:

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

        The choice of meal is determined
        by individual tastes.

        What do you like?

        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.

        Is it good?

        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, 2016 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, 2016 at 21:14
  • So how would he dispose of it
    – Darren
    Jan 21, 2016 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, 2016 at 21:21
  • Well it's connected to the same question, it's something to with how he consumes it
    – Darren
    Jan 21, 2016 at 21:24

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, 2016 at 21:04
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    Data may not, but his "mother," Juliana O'Donnell, probably does.
    – Xantec
    Jan 21, 2016 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, 2016 at 21:40
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    @T-1000'sSon Was anyone in Star Trek TNG ever seen going to the bathroom? Jan 22, 2016 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. Jan 22, 2016 at 0:28

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