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The in-game text implies that it is possible to get addicted to the various alcoholic and medical substances found in Fallout 3. I'm curious - what are the consequences of addiction and can they be counteracted?

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Whiskey has a base 10% chance to give you an addiction which increases each time you consume it.

Upon becoming addicted, withdrawal from Whiskey will give you a penalty of -1 agility and -1 charisma.

In Fallout 3, addictions are permanent until cured by:

  • visiting a doctor
  • owning and using a My First Laboratory house improvement in a house you own
  • using healing archways in Mothership Zeta

Further details about addictions for all the Fallout games can be found on the Fallout Wiki here

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Do you get addicted to Whiskey specifically or will any alcoholic drink in general sate the addiction? – Ben Brocka Oct 8 '12 at 15:01
It'll be Whiskey specifically, it's an odd quirk of the FO3 addiction system. – shanodin Oct 8 '12 at 19:56
Thanks that's interesting - also that some drugs have a higher chance of addiction than others :) – JonathanJ Oct 8 '12 at 23:05

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