abstain from drinking

avoid drinking; refrain from drinking alcohol

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • abstain — /əbˈsteɪn / (say uhb stayn) verb (i) 1. to refrain deliberately from casting one s vote. –phrase 2. abstain from, to refrain voluntarily from, especially from drinking or enjoying something: abstain from drinking alcohol. {Middle English… …   Australian English dictionary

  • abstain — intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English absteinen, from Anglo French asteign , absteign , stem of astenir, abstenir, from Latin abstinēre, from abs , ab + tenēre to hold more at thin Date: 14th century to refrain deliberately and often with… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abstain — v.intr. 1 a (usu. foll. by from) restrain oneself; refrain from indulging in (abstained from cakes and sweets; abstained from mentioning it). b refrain from drinking alcohol. 2 formally decline to use one s vote. Derivatives: abstainer n.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • abstain — [14] The literal meaning of this word’s ultimate source, Latin abstinēre, was ‘hold or keep away’, and hence ‘withhold’ (the root verb, tenēre, produced many other derivatives in English, such as contain, maintain, obtain, and retain, as well as… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • abstain — [14] The literal meaning of this word’s ultimate source, Latin abstinēre, was ‘hold or keep away’, and hence ‘withhold’ (the root verb, tenēre, produced many other derivatives in English, such as contain, maintain, obtain, and retain, as well as… …   Word origins

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  • Moderation Management — (MM) is a secular non profit organization providing peer run non coercive support groups for anyone who would like to reduce their alcohol consumption. MM was founded in 1994 to create an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and similar addiction… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • Teetotalism — refers to either the practice of or the promotion of complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. A person who practices (and possibly advocates) teetotalism is called a teetotaler (also spelled teetotaller; plural teetotalers or teetotallers)… …   Wikipedia

  • nutrition, human — Introduction       process by which substances in food are transformed into body tissues and provide energy for the full range of physical and mental activities that make up human life.   The study of human nutrition is interdisciplinary in… …   Universalium

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