In the following sentence:

Stephano intoxicates Trinculo and Caliban.

To me, the wording is awkward. I would like to find alternatives to intoxicates in formal writing, but I cannot discern what to use in this case without using to be.

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    You could easily say "Stephano gets Trinculo and Caliban drunk." And good luck with your paper on The Tempest.
    – Robusto
    Oct 16, 2014 at 1:19
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    Oct 16, 2014 at 1:30

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You could go for inebriates as well.

From thefreedictionary.com

in·e·bri·ate (n-br-t)

tr.v. in·e·bri·at·ed, in·e·bri·at·ing, in·e·bri·ates

  1. To make drunk; intoxicate.
  2. To exhilarate or stupefy as if with alcohol.

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