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In the 12-step world, members who have maintained continuous abstinence for many years are revered—the longer their time away from alcohol and other drugs, the higher their status tends to be.

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Promoting abstinence won’t work because many young people who plan to abstain don’t actually do so.

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In fact, the only scientifically proven method to avoid a hangover is moderate alcohol consumption or good old abstinence.

Although the book contains some decidedly pre-coronavirus guidance — think advice on parties and bars — it’s at its strongest when talking about the inside game of abstinence.

Public health experts often advocate a harm reduction approach for behaviors where abstinence is not feasible – it’s a way to minimize but not eliminate risk.

We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.

Worse, some schools preach abstinence only or offer little to no sexual education.

Dr. Melson says abstinence only training shows no delay in sexual activity.

Meanwhile, the majority of states require sex educators to stress abstinence.

Also known as The Abstinence-Violation Effect, some individuals can feel an overall loss of control after going off the deep-end.

“Abstinence has its drawbacks,” he said, shivering in the bitter wind which whirled the stinging smoke about them.

I—perhaps— His hand closed over her fingers with the nervous tension that these last days of abstinence had brought him.

Cooked in the ashes, it makes a palatable but tough cake, which we enjoyed after our long abstinence from bread.

It is abstinence from evil quite as much as eager realization of good.

Convalescence from a severe sickness is a just cause for sexual abstinence.


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On this page you'll find 42 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to abstinence, such as: chastity, fasting, frugality, moderation, self-restraint, and abnegation.

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