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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be kept in a standard humanoid containment unit at Site-17. The object is to be provided with a constant supply of pure ethanol for drinking purposes. SCP-XXXX is to be fed three times a day with meals prepared using only pure ethanol1, with larger portions of fats and smaller portions of carbohydrates. Once a week, SCP-XXXX is to be injected with an ethanol solution of vitamins B and K.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an adult human male whose bodily fluids have been replaced entirely with analogous ethanol fluids. The object's body has undergone extensive modification in order to accommodate this drastic change, allowing SCP-XXXX to mostly behave and function like a non-anomalous human being.

The following is a brief overview of the adaptations of SCP-XXXX's body. A more detailed and technical report concerning the object's biology2 can be found in the Foundation Archives.

At a macroscopic scale, most of SCP-XXXX's biology remain functionally and structurally unchanged. This is due to ethanol being a polar liquid at room temperature, with adequately similar physical properties to water. This means that all liquids, such as the object's blood, intracellular and extracellular fluids, mucus etc, still retain their original properties despite being made of ethanol.

For example, SCP-XXXX's body is able to use ethanol as an effective lubricant and shock absorber for organs such as the eyes, joints and spinal chord. However, ethanol having a weaker surface tension than water causes the object's mucus to be less effective at trapping particles within the respiratory tracts. This leaves SCP-XXXX's lungs at high risk of being contaminated by foreign objects, though this is mitigated by the fact that standard containment units are often sterile and particle-free by default.

Ethanol being more viscous than water meant that SCP-XXXX's blood vessels have adapted to become thicker in order to pump the ethanol-based blood at an acceptable rate. While this does not seem to have any side-effects on the rest of the body, SCP-XXXX's superficial veins are visibly enlarged and more noticeable.

It has been determined that most of SCP-XXXX's adaptations occur at the microscopic level, pertaining to the chemical composition and physical structure of the object's biological molecules. Seemingly all proteins within SCP-XXXX's body have been structurally altered in order to remain stable and easily soluble in ethanol, while still maintaining the same functionality as their normal equivalents. Due to this adaptation, cells within SCP-XXXX's body are not only able to survive but also mostly behave just like their non-anomalous counterparts.

Chemical processes within SCP-XXXX's body that require water as a reactant, such as hydrolysis, are carried out with ethanol instead using uniquely modified enzymes, producing ethylene as a waste product. Most metabolic reactions within SCP-XXXX are carried out with lipids rather than glucose, the former of which are more readily available. This is due to lipids being more soluble in ethanol than water, and hence can be transported without the use of lipoproteins within the object's body.

Despite glucose being not very soluble in ethanol, it is still used, albeit in smaller proportions, for metabolic processes within organs such as the brain. Carbohydrates and other substances which are not normally very soluble in ethanol, are transported in the blood within special, ethanol-soluble carrier proteins.

As a result, SCP-XXXX relies on fats as a primary source of energy and rarely stores them in the body, while carbohydrates are either used exclusively in some organs or stored as a secondary energy source in the liver. Due to SCP-XXXX's incapability to store normal levels of fats underneath the skin, the object appears emaciated, despite being both objectively and subjectively well-fed.

The object also digests lipids within both the stomach and the small intestine, while carbohydrates are digested only in the latter. SCP-XXXX's diet has been modified to accommodate this adaptation, with larger portions of fats to carbohydrates. The object has also reported that food tastes "the same" in general, and that SCP-XXXX has gotten accustomed to consuming abnormally large amounts of fats.

Polynucleotides such as DNA and RNA are encapsulated within unique protein structures in order to prevent precipitation, while still allowing for normal functionality. Oxygen, which is more soluble in ethanol, is transported without the use of haemoglobin within SCP-XXXX's 'blood'. As a result, the object has no need for haemoglobin, resulting in a yellow-colored blood. Consequentially, oxygen is also present in SCP-XXXX's body at abnormally large concentrations, though it is currently still unknown why this has no adverse effect on the object's health.

Since ethanol has a smaller specific heat capacity than water, the object's body is incapable of effectively regulating its own temperature via perspiration, and hence is vulnerable to overheating. As a result, SCP-XXXX must always avoid excessive heat or intense physical activity in order to prevent getting a heatstroke.

Water, either produced by some metabolic reactions within SCP-XXXX or imbued, is treated as a waste product and disposed of via 'urine'. The object has reported that water tastes "toxic" and will often reflexively vomit out any water if ingested. Interestingly, SCP-XXXX has also reported that ethanol tastes exactly like "water".

SCP-XXXX is immune to seemingly all infectious disease, not only due to ethanol being toxic to most pathogens, but also because the adapted proteins make the object incompatible with non-anomalous infections. Consequentially, human microbiota cannot live within SCP-XXXX's body, potentially leaving the object at risk of a wide and diverse range of disorders. For example, SCP-XXXX cannot adequately synthesize vitamins B and K due to lack of gastrointestinal microbiota, leaving the object vulnerable to inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. Containment personnel has so far successfully prevent SCP-XXXX's health from being compromised via a constant administration of vitamins.

Despite SCP-XXXX's body having seemingly adapted so its new ethanol-based physiology and biochemistry, the object still constantly displays symptoms of alcohol intoxication. It is currently unknown why this is the case, with the main theory being that these symptoms are completely psychological or even neurological in nature.