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22 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 December 2008 12:51AM

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Comment author: gwern 19 October 2009 03:20:54PM *  6 points [-]

Speaking cynically, it would be interesting to see how many addicts abandoned the habit if their drug of choice was not physiologically addicting.

From reading Ainslie's Breakdown of the Will: relatively few. Many addicts will go right back to their drug even after withdrawal is long over, and will even deviously work around their tools (like that one drug which makes any alcohol consumption induce vomiting).