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Effect of ale is ... er ... getting drunk! (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

realise

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Here is my best explanation:

'effect' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'ale is er getting drunk' is the wordplay.
'getting drunk' is an anagram indicator.
'ale'+'is'+'er'='aleiser'
'aleiser' anagrammed gives 'REALISE'.

'of' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for realise that I've seen before include "net", "Grasp", "Cash in", "Comprehend and convert into money", "catch on", "convert into cash", "See the light", "Tumble", "Achieve; turn into cash" and "Ears lie (anag.)".)

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