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January 4th, 2004

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09:46 pm
Is there ever a good reason to get blindingly drunk?

I suspect that Spock would tell me the logical answer to this question would be no, except in circumstances where drunkenness might actually save one's life, such as during potential mind control by an alien unable to tolerate alcohol. He has never understood Dr. McCoy's penchant for mint juleps, nor my taste for Romulan ale, though I have convinced him to indulge in a bit on occasion.

I haven't had many opportunities to get blindingly drunk since I took command of the Enterprise. When we're invited to drink during first contact situations, I try to have Bones determine how much of the local brew we can sample before our judgment becomes impaired. There is often alcohol served at formal Starfleet events, unless there are species involved with a high intolerance to alcohol -- it can be lethal to some -- but it's best in such situations to keep my head.

On the other hand, sometimes it is exceedingly helpful to get drunk, at least a little, during situations that might otherwise seem...difficult. When we were stranded on that planet where Spock contracted a virus that simulated the symptoms of pon farr, and I was the only...well, the point being that lowering one's inhibitions can lead to entirely positive results for everyone.

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Date:January 15th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
Ah, Jim ... a mint julep is very much what the doctor would order. Join me sometime.
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Date:January 15th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
Now, Bones, I've already told you that I can't tell you the whole story. Spock swore me to secrecy -- Vulcan tradition and all that. *wink*

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