Bristol Palin was not an abstinent teen—as evidenced by the 3-year-old son often seen resting on her hip.
Participants were divided into four categories of drinking frequency: abstinent, moderate, hazardous, and alcohol-dependent.
Of these, 43 million are “at risk” for pregnancy—the other 19 million are abstinent or sterile or already pregnant.
late 14c., from Old French abstinent (earlier astenant) "moderate, abstemious, modest," from Latin abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstinence).
mid-14c., "forbearance in indulgence of the appetites," from Old French abstinence (earlier astenance), from Latin abstinentia, noun of quality from abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstain). Specifically of sexual appetites from mid-14c., but also in Middle English of food, fighting, luxury.
abstinence ab·sti·nence (āb'stə-nəns)
The act or practice of refraining from indulgence in an appetite, as for certain foods, drink, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or sex.