As seen in Picard S3, the transporter can alter a subject's DNA on "reconstruction". So if I get drunk, can the transporter remove all the alcohol from my body?

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    Between all the series (including Animated) and the various non-canonical Pocket Books novels, we've seen the transporter used as either a deus ex machina or a Plot Device so often that there's no clear answer to any question about what it can do... Aug 3, 2023 at 15:47
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    Memory Alpha (warning: fan content) claims the Biofilters can perform all kinds of cleaning functions to incoming parties.
    – DavidW
    Aug 3, 2023 at 16:02
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    Forget removing, can it add alcohol to a body? That would save so much time when beaming over to a party. Aug 3, 2023 at 21:14
  • If it can, it doesn't seem to do so regularly. In Strange New Worlds, we see Spock a few times returning from "Bloodwine Diplomacy", still dealing with the effects of alcohol in his blood.
    – Philipp
    Aug 16, 2023 at 11:41

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In Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country, Captain Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy are on trial. It is suggested that he may have still been intoxicated after a transport.

KIRK: I'm going aboard. Spock, you have the conn.

SPOCK: I am responsible for involving you in this. I will go.

KIRK: No, I'll go. You'll be responsible for getting me out of this. We'll not be the instigators of a full-scale war on the eve of universal peace.

McCOY: I'm going too. They may need a doctor.

CHANG (on viewscreen): Ah. You know. I believe that you consumed a rather generous amount of Romulan ale in the officers' mess on the night of question. Am I right, Doctor?

COLONEL WORF (on viewscreen): Objection!

KLINGON JUDGE (on viewscreen): Sustained.

McCOY (on viewscreen): We all did. All of us. That doesn't mean...

Edit: Transcript from http://www.chakoteya.net/movies/movie6.html

  • This doesn't answer the question of whether the transporter has that capability. At best it speaks to the suggestion that it does so automatically
    – Valorum
    Aug 3, 2023 at 22:23
  • @Valorum True, also transporter technology may have advanced by the time of the Picard tv series. I just remembered this scene.
    – DafyddNZ
    Aug 3, 2023 at 22:28
  • Picard is such a total mess (re: canon) that it might as well be a different timeline
    – Valorum
    Aug 3, 2023 at 22:29
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    Spock staggers onto the bridge after diplomacy involving bloodwine in the episode that came out yesterday. He was also hungover after a similar situation earlier in the current season, so the related question of “does it happen automatically” is answered there.
    – Ben Murphy
    Aug 4, 2023 at 4:29

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