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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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While serving at Ascend, which advocates itself as a "sexual risk avoidance" organization that is dedicated to encouraging abstinence until marriage, Huber in 2012, was quoted in a press release promoting an "abstinence-centered" curriculum from another organization named "Choosing the Best.
Texas allows school districts to decide whether and how to approach sex education, as long as they teach more about abstinence than any other preventive method, like condoms and birth control.
While the program is more flexible than it was in previous years, funded programs must continue to teach abstinence to the exclusion of other topics and may in no way contradict the eight-point federal definition for "abstinence education.
Obi stressed: 'An abstinence-only approach will not be effective--teaching abstinence must be built into a wider SRE programme.
In contrast, programs under the Bush administration effectively had a choice between not discussing contraceptive methods at all or emphasizing their failure rates, so as to guard against promoting contraceptive use and maintaining abstinence promotion as their "exclusive purpose.
According to a Government Accountability Office study ordered by Congress and released in October 2007, not only were students who took part in sexual abstinence programs just as likely to have sex as those who did not, many such programs were called out for teaching kids medically inaccurate information about condoms and HIV.
As of October 2006, HHS's ACF--which awards grants under two programs that account for the largest portion of federal spending on abstinence education--did not review its grantees' education materials for scientific accuracy, nor did it require grantees of either program to do so.
The main goal is not abstinence but rather substitution of a legal narcotic for an illegal one to reduce the negative consequences of addiction on our society.
For example, the federal government, currently aligned with social conservatives, defines abstinence as "voluntarily choosing not to engage in sexual activity until marriage.
The control group studied had one to three years of abstinence education, and the advocates say they now realize that teaching must be ongoing.
Physicians and other counselors should be aware that fear related to being infected influences sexual behavior only in the short term, and therefore should focus on interpersonal and relationship factors to influence long-term decisions about sex and abstinence," Dr.
Prevention efforts are working better than many think, according to a recent article in the Lancet, as there has been a significant increase in the number of young women in Africa reporting both increased condom use and sexual abstinence.