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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.
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

Parental substance use increases health risks among children

Parental substance use increases health risks among children

Study finds dramatic increase in nonmedical use of prescription opioids in the U.S.

Study finds dramatic increase in nonmedical use of prescription opioids in the U.S.

Alabama physician recommends childbearing-age women to take precautions against Zika virus

Alabama physician recommends childbearing-age women to take precautions against Zika virus

Cigarette smoke promotes bacteria colonization, immune invasion

Cigarette smoke promotes bacteria colonization, immune invasion

First buprenorphine implant for opioid dependence treatment gets FDA approval

First buprenorphine implant for opioid dependence treatment gets FDA approval

International study shows direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth

International study shows direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth

Sexual abstinence, marital fidelity programs not effective in reducing HIV risk

Sexual abstinence, marital fidelity programs not effective in reducing HIV risk

Exercise may significantly lessen cervical cancer risk in women

Exercise may significantly lessen cervical cancer risk in women

Nicotine metabolism linked with chronic alcohol abuse may contribute to poor smoking cessation rates

Nicotine metabolism linked with chronic alcohol abuse may contribute to poor smoking cessation rates