noun. 1. avoidance of the use of certain substances such as drugs, alcohol, or food and other beverages. 2. also refers to the avoidance of sexual behaviors- adjective form- abstinent

ABSTINENCE: "Michelle was proud to have remained abstinent from drug and alcohol use for an entire year."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ABSTINENCE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/abstinence/ (accessed October 18, 2021).