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abstinence

 [ab´stĭ-nens]
a refraining from the use of or indulgence in food, stimulants, or coitus.
periodic abstinence natural family planning; see contraception.
abstinence syndrome withdrawal (def. 2).

ab·sti·nence

(ab'sti-nents),
Refraining from the use of certain foods, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs, or from sexual activity or other behaviors.
[L. abstineo, to hold back, fr. teneo, to hold]

abstinence

/ab·sti·nence/ (ab´stĭ-nens) a refraining from the use of or indulgence in food, stimulants, or sexual activity.
periodic abstinence  rhythm method.

abstinence

[ab′stinəns]
voluntarily avoiding a substance, such as food or alcohol, or refraining from the performance of an act, such as sexual intercourse.

abstinence

Psychology
Self-denial; voluntarily refraining from indulgences (e.g., eating, drinking inebriants, sexual activity); doing without substances or activities on which the subject is physically or psychologically dependent.

Sexology
To refrain from sexual activity, usually understood to be by choice.

Abstinence

Self-denial; voluntary refraining from indulgences—e.g., eating, drinking inebriants, sexual activity; doing without substances or activities on which the subject is physically or psychologically dependent.

abstinence

Psychology Self-denial; voluntary refraining from indulgences–eg, eating, drinking inebrients, sexual activity. See Continence, Fast.

ab·sti·nence

(ab'sti-nĕns)
Refraining from the use of certain articles of diet, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or from sexual intercourse.
[L. abstineo, to hold back, fr. teneo, to hold]

Abstinence

Refraining from the use of alcoholic beverages.

ab·sti·nence

(ab'sti-nĕns)
Refraining from the use of certain foods, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs, or from sexual or other activity.
[L. abstineo, to hold back, fr. teneo, to hold]

abstinence (ab´stənəns),

n self-restraint, especially from harmful substances or morally questionable behaviors. See also withdrawal.

Patient discussion about abstinence

Q. I have friend that drinks a lot of alcohol and not only in the parties I worry for her and I do not want that she will be alcoholic, how can i help her?

A. Thanks to all for the excellent tips..

Q. What is the reason one can't drink alcohol during pregnancy? not even a drop? what about be around people who smoke ? how do i know what are the healthy steps and resolutions i need to take in order to improve and verify my baby's health in any aspect ?

A. alcohol is known for it's ability to cause fetal deformations. if you drink a glass of wine a week it shouldn't matter (according to the teratology center) but more then that can cause serious damage. smoking is the same. as you may very well know - cigarettes has about 300 materials known to be cancerous. and it also cause the blood to be less oxygenated which will be even worse to the fetus.

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Most recently in Illinois, lawmakers have proposed a measure to guarantee state funding for "abstinence-based" sex education, which would promote abstinence as the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies but would also provide age-appropriate information about condoms and birth control.
This self-described "faith-based abstinence message" alone received $700,000 in federal money last year to use comedy and music videos to convince middle and high school students to pledge virginity until marriage and don silver rings on their fingers as proof.
But when it comes to his own pro abstinence positions, McIlhaney's claims are more a matter of faith than science: There is as yet no evidence that abstinence-only education actually prevents kids from having sex.
Over 20 years ago when the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Program (OAPP) funded their first abstinence education grants, a proposal that I had submitted from the University of Arkansas was among those awarded funding.
However, what the public thinks about abstinence education is unclear.
Among other things, Miss Harold recalled how God moved her to continue speaking out about abstinence after winning the title, though a lot of people were discouraging her from doing so.
The strictest abstinence-only-until-marriage funding stream to date--the Special Projects of Regional and National Significance-Community Based Abstinence Education (SPRANS-CBAE) program--was established in 2000.
Every year roughly 4 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs among teenagers are reported While abstinence is the only way to absolutely, prevent STDs knowing bow to protect yourself is the best weapon in the fight to staying healthy.
But the treated group was no more likely to have improved, as measured by either abstinence or drinking without abuse.
The 1996 welfare reform package contained $50 million to implement abstinence programs that focus on the importance of abstinence from sexual intercourse until marriage.
This finding comes on the heels of evidence that bupropion, a dopamine-enhancing drug but not a tricyclic, also increases abstinence in those trying to quit cigarettes (SN: 11/15/97, p.