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Irradiated whiskey is a consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.


As the name indicates, irradiated whiskey is simply whiskey which has absorbed radiation. Its basic effects are almost identical to those of standard whiskey, except that it also provides 10 rads when consumed.

Survival skill effect

SkillEffectHardcore effect
10+1 Strength for 4m, +1 Charisma for 4m, -1 Intelligence for 4m+30 Dehydration 
20+1 Strength for 4m, +1 Charisma for 4m, -1 Intelligence for 4m+35 Dehydration 
30+1 Strength for 4m, +1 Charisma for 4m, -1 Intelligence for 4m+40 Dehydration 
40+1 Strength for 4m, +1 Charisma for 4m, -1 Intelligence for 4m+45 Dehydration 
50+2 Strength for 4m, +2 Charisma for 4m, -2 Intelligence for 4m+50 Dehydration 
60+2 Strength for 4m, +2 Charisma for 4m, -2 Intelligence for 4m+55 Dehydration 
70+2 Strength for 4m, +2 Charisma for 4m, -2 Intelligence for 4m+60 Dehydration 
80+2 Strength for 4m, +2 Charisma for 4m, -2 Intelligence for 4m+65 Dehydration 
90+2 Strength for 4m, +2 Charisma for 4m, -2 Intelligence for 4m+70 Dehydration 
100+3 Strength for 4m, +3 Charisma for 4m, -3 Intelligence for 4m+75 Dehydration 
Note: Radiation is not affected by Survival skill level.



  • Irradiated whiskey can be found reliably in only one location, the kitchen area of the Searchlight fire station. Three bottles appear on the shelves near the door alongside several other types of irradiated food, including irradiated potatoes and irradiated gecko meat.
  • A fourth bottle may be found inside a refrigerator at Hell's Motel. This fridge is set to contain four of a random selection of irradiated foods, including irradiated whiskey. There is only a 29% chance of any specific food item appearing in that refrigerator, including irradiated whiskey.
  • Lonesome Road (add-on) Another one may be found at the end of the Courier's Mile.


Irradiated whiskey does not provide any boost in Damage Threshold if the player character has the Whiskey Rose perk.