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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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Increased SOD levels were observed for the active alcoholic group compared to controls, but not for the abstinent group.
There was no significant difference in age, gender, education, employment status, length of employment or marital status between active users and users who were abstinent at the time of interview (Table 1).
Patients that were non-abstinent after six months of treatment scored significantly higher on the Alcohol area of the EuropASI compared to abstinent participants [t (48) = -2.
If on substituting the number of tests carried out by the patient in the model we obtain a positive value, then this patient is assigned to the abstinent group.
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.
Weight concerns affect motivation to remain abstinent from smoking postpartum, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2006, 32(2): 147-153.
Acamprosate, for example, is approved for use in patients who are already abstinent to help them maintain abstinence.
In that role, Kropf established a program dedicated to telling young teens to remain abstinent until marriage.
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.
There was a significant age difference between sexually active and abstinent teens (F (1,415) = 15.
The awards, from the Community-Based Abstinence Education program, are designed to encourage youth to remain abstinent until marriage.