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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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But it has also been shown, in a recent review and analysis of 15 clinical trials, that even among patients who do not remain completely abstinent, acamprosate reduces total drinking days by 28%, reduces heavy drinking days by 12%, and cuts overall alcohol consumption by 50% (J.
Most participants (n=42, 60%) reported being abstinent from heroin at the time of investigation, while 26 (37%) reported being completely abstinent since index admission.
Likewise, the current findings suggest a comparison of meth users to those who were meth abstinent would provide incomplete information across a range of substances.
That recommendation is based on the results of a randomized study of otherwise healthy smokers that found the alternative dosing schedule was more effective than placebo in helping patients quit smoking and remain abstinent for as long as 24 weeks.
In the abstinent group the number of patients with alcohol dependence was more than those with opioid dependence and the opposite was true for the relapsed group, but these differences were not significant.
Hazelden's research suggested that if it could keep individuals abstinent for one year, they would have a good chance of staying sober for the rest of their lives.
The percentage of days abstinent and time to first heavy drinking day were the primary trial endpoints.
Now, the abstinent Thomson says he thinks about the couple's message frequently and feels that other sex-education presentations are too impersonal.
In the early 1990s, conservative and mainly Christian organizations focused on sex education, claiming the only way to prevent pregnancy and STDs is to stay abstinent until marriage, Kempner says.
Both men and women who were sexually active evaluated their appearance in a more positive way, were less dissatisfied with their bodies and were more oriented toward their appearance than sexually abstinent individuals," says Meghan Gillen, a doctoral candidate in human development and family studies and one of the authors of the study.
In the second study, Petry (2001a) examined delay discounting among alcoholics, currently abstinent alcoholics, and matched controls.
There was a significant age difference between sexually active and abstinent teens (F (1,415) = 15.