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abstinence:

see fastingfasting,
partial or temporary abstinence from food, a widely used form of asceticism. Among the stricter Jews the principal fast is the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur; in Islam the faithful fast all the daytime hours of the month of Ramadan. Fasting is general in Christianity.
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; temperance movementstemperance movements,
organized efforts to induce people to abstain—partially or completely—from alcoholic beverages. Such movements occurred in ancient times, but ceased until the wide use of distilled liquors in the modern period resulted in increasing drunkenness.
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abstinence

Chiefly RC Church the practice of refraining from specific kinds of food or drink, esp from meat, as an act of penance
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In one trial of acamprosate used to gain its approval in this country, the drug doubled the percentage of patients who remained abstinent for a year, and the abstinence achieved largely persisted into the second year of the study, during which the medication was discontinued, Dr.
Users who were considered abstinent at the time of interview were defined as not having used heroin for at least the previous 4 weeks.
In contrast, those who used marijuana without other illicit drugs had comparable outcomes in terms of mental health symptoms, emotional state, and criminal involvement, but appeared to be in poorer physical health than those who were abstinent from illicit drug use.
Because the nine percent of each group who succeeded in remaining abstinent for three months were not compared to a group of smokers receiving no advice, "It's a pretty tough test," Mason said, "as we are really only testing the tailoring and not so much the content of the advice.
The information on patients with COPD summarizes the results of a 52-week study of 460 patients, aged 35 years and older with mild to moderate COPD, that found that treatment with varenicline, 1 mg twice daily for 12 weeks, was more effective in helping these patients quit smoking and stay abstinent for as long as 1 year, when compared with placebo.
Data analysis: Comparisons between relapsed and abstinent groups were carried out using t tests for continuous variables and Chi-square for discontinuous variables.
Many studies have shown that light to moderate drinkers are healthier than teetotallers, but researchers have always cautioned that there is no reason for the abstinent to start drinking.
According to Mark Sheets, Hazelden's vice-president of regional services and recovery management, Hazelden wanted to help people remain abstinent and active participants in their recovery programs long after leaving the treatment facility.
Based on this woeful comedy, that's a bit like saying Russell Brand the Chaste, Steve McLaren the Victorious or Amy Winehouse the Abstinent.
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.