In Skyrim there are a few drugs and alcoholic beverages and I couldn't really figure out whether or not there are big disadvantages. I always rely on my own potions because I'm not sure about the side effects of those things.

Can you get addicted by certain drugs (let's say Skooma) or can the game be unplayable due to a blurry screen? Or does it even reduce skill levels and/or other important things at some points? What are the advantages/disadvantages of drinking alcohol and taking drugs in Skyrim?

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Every drug-like potion, alcoholic food item, etc. will describe it's behaviour fully in the effects list in your inventory; there is no addiction mechanism, and there are no penalties beyond what is listed (usually just a penalty to stamina regeneration). In fact, Skooma, described in-universe as highly addictive, doesn't even have that!

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    always thought it weird they have an addiction system in Fallout yet not in TES games. They being Bethesda
    – Paralytic
    Mar 6, 2014 at 15:31
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    @Paralytic Addiction in Fallout predates Bethesda taking the series over. And also, Fallout is very much a bleaker, greyer, grittier series, where things like addiction mechanics fit; not so much with TES. Mar 6, 2014 at 15:35
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    Skooma, not even once.
    – Batophobia
    Mar 6, 2014 at 15:54
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    @Cole9350 There already is a Skooma addiction mod: nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/9315? Mar 6, 2014 at 21:26
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    @Cole9350, Here's another one or two: nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/34902 nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/33444
    – timelmer
    Mar 7, 2014 at 1:30

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