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Abstinence is a voluntary restraint from indulging a desire or appetite for certain bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to abstention from sexual intercourse, alcohol or food. The practice can arise from religious prohibitions or practical considerations.
Researchers explore changes in prevalence of depression among current, former and never smokers

Researchers explore changes in prevalence of depression among current, former and never smokers

Smoking cessation counseling can be effective when given shortly after lung cancer screening

Smoking cessation counseling can be effective when given shortly after lung cancer screening

Nicotine creates cascade of effects in the brain that get worse over time

Nicotine creates cascade of effects in the brain that get worse over time

Deep brain stimulation can reduce heroin relapse in rat models of addiction, TSRI study shows

Deep brain stimulation can reduce heroin relapse in rat models of addiction, TSRI study shows

Educated African immigrant mothers rarely passed cultural views regarding sex to children, research finds

Educated African immigrant mothers rarely passed cultural views regarding sex to children, research finds

Study: Personalised risk information and taster sessions double chances of attending stop smoking course

Study: Personalised risk information and taster sessions double chances of attending stop smoking course

Vagus nerve stimulation may hold potential to reduce drug cravings, study shows

Vagus nerve stimulation may hold potential to reduce drug cravings, study shows

Reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse coronary atherosclerosis

Reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse coronary atherosclerosis

Over-the-counter antioxidant may promote reductions in alcohol use in marijuana-dependent teens

Over-the-counter antioxidant may promote reductions in alcohol use in marijuana-dependent teens

UTHealth study receives $1.9 million NIH grant to identify effective treatment for cocaine addiction

UTHealth study receives $1.9 million NIH grant to identify effective treatment for cocaine addiction

Study offers clues to help develop new treatments for cannabis use disorder

Study offers clues to help develop new treatments for cannabis use disorder

Wayne State receives NIH grant to study use of opioid addiction drug to fight relapse in recovering addicts

Wayne State receives NIH grant to study use of opioid addiction drug to fight relapse in recovering addicts

Sexual activity does not have negative impact on athletic performance

Sexual activity does not have negative impact on athletic performance

Controlled drinking more difficult to achieve than total abstinence from alcohol, study shows

Controlled drinking more difficult to achieve than total abstinence from alcohol, study shows

Financial incentives increase abstinence rates among low-income smokers, research shows

Financial incentives increase abstinence rates among low-income smokers, research shows

UTA researchers find how changing estrogen levels make women more vulnerable to cocaine addiction

UTA researchers find how changing estrogen levels make women more vulnerable to cocaine addiction

Scientists use animal model to gain better understanding of cocaine addiction

Scientists use animal model to gain better understanding of cocaine addiction

Smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine return to normal after quitting, study reports

Smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine return to normal after quitting, study reports

New non-drug approach may help manage pain in individuals receiving addiction treatment

New non-drug approach may help manage pain in individuals receiving addiction treatment

Buprenorphine implants could be effective option to treat adults with opioid dependence

Buprenorphine implants could be effective option to treat adults with opioid dependence