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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.
Alcohol-linked disease overtakes hep C as top reason for liver transplant

Alcohol-linked disease overtakes hep C as top reason for liver transplant

Social media is more detrimental to girls’ mental health than for boys’

Social media is more detrimental to girls’ mental health than for boys’

Higher levels of nicotine may help quit smoking, research suggests

Higher levels of nicotine may help quit smoking, research suggests

Dry January brings physical, psychological and emotional benefits

Dry January brings physical, psychological and emotional benefits

Limited alcohol consumption is associated with additional average survival than abstinence

Limited alcohol consumption is associated with additional average survival than abstinence

Using mobile phone-based intervention to encourage Chinese smokers to quit the habit

Using mobile phone-based intervention to encourage Chinese smokers to quit the habit

FDA clears mobile medical app to help increase retention in recovery program for opioid use disorder

FDA clears mobile medical app to help increase retention in recovery program for opioid use disorder

Increasing mental health problems related to drug use in over 55's

Increasing mental health problems related to drug use in over 55's

Marijuana prevention programs should focus on promoting mental wellbeing of youth

Marijuana prevention programs should focus on promoting mental wellbeing of youth

Sexuality education before age 18 may reduce risk of sexual assault in college

Sexuality education before age 18 may reduce risk of sexual assault in college

Research shows how to achieve improved smoking cessation outcomes within California's Medicaid population

Research shows how to achieve improved smoking cessation outcomes within California's Medicaid population

Food insecurity during pregnancy linked to severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome

Food insecurity during pregnancy linked to severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome

Study: Individuals with serious psychological distress less likely to quit smoking

Study: Individuals with serious psychological distress less likely to quit smoking

Smoking pot can damage memory study confirms

Smoking pot can damage memory study confirms

Study finds increase in opioid-affected births to rural residents in rural and urban hospitals

Study finds increase in opioid-affected births to rural residents in rural and urban hospitals

Scripps researchers successfully test potential new smoking-cessation treatment in rodents

Scripps researchers successfully test potential new smoking-cessation treatment in rodents

Young adults shying away from alcohol

Young adults shying away from alcohol

Binge drinking history makes male and female mice react differently to stress, study shows

Binge drinking history makes male and female mice react differently to stress, study shows

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Some things old, some things new

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Some things old, some things new

Even lightest daily drinkers have increased mortality risk

Even lightest daily drinkers have increased mortality risk