What is abstinence?

The word abstinence means the act or practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something. The word can be used to refer to restraining oneself concerning:

  1. drugs
  2. alcohol
  3. overeating
  4. sexual behaviors
  5. sexual intercourse

Abstinence is a type of birth control method that you can be sure works 100% of the time. Abstinence is also not having sexual intercourse. Is only 100% of the effective of the birth control methods.

Abstinence means avoiding whatever it is - just not doing or taking or participating or drinking or whatever the situation might be. For example, an alcoholic or drug addict must remain abstinent once they decide to stop their habit.