Generic name for all types of artificial achoholic beverages whose intoxication effect is all illusion and not chemical.

 

Synthale is the synthetic version of ale or beer, for example, commonly programmed into Starfleet crew replicators as an alternative to the long-lasting detrimental effects of natural overimbibing. The pleasurable stimulus can be shrugged off at any time, but any potency of liquor is available.

Robert Picard groused that his brother's apparent loss of palate came from drinking too much artificial synthehol, but Picard said that it only heightened his appreciation for the real thing.