Safety Tip #2: Be Safe. Learn Self-Defense

This self-defense video is “empowering women with options.” Before attending college, it is important for women to learn some tools to defend themselves from an attacker. We all like to believe that we are going to be safe walking across campus or partying with friends, but that’s not the case. Things happen. You can be robbed, beaten, raped, or even killed. Don’t wait until it is too late.

Debi Steven demonstrates the do’s and don’ts in common attack scenarios. The video also features a “multifunctional personal safety aid” called the Weeble. It’s a compact key fob which can be used physically defend yourself. In the case of a drug related attack, the Weeble can also store 14 mL of urine for evidence.

– Sarah Roberts

Safety Tip # 3: Know Your Limit. We Are Not All EQUAL

We all know not only from biology class that women’s bodies are different from men’s.

First of all on average women way less than men. But that is not the only important difference.

Let’s take a closure look at the differences in metabolism of alcohol:

Females have less “alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme” in their stomachs, an enzyme your body needs to break down the alcohol you consume. Which is why women can only drink half of what a male can drink over the same amount of time. Leading to the conclusion that women face higher risks of alcohol poisoning while attempting to keep up with their male peers.

Your brain can only tolerate a certain amount of alcohol until it shuts off due to the toxic levels.  Literally, your brain is poisoned by the alcohol (which is why we call it alcohol poisoning) to the point that you are killing brain cells.  And it’s the ones you use that you lose.

Low-risk drinking limits defined by the NIAAA include women should have no more than 7 drinks per week and no more than 3 drinks on any single day.

Just like girls and guys are different in their metabolism of alcohol, certain ethnic groups are also different. 

People with Asian ancestry often have genetic differences in one of their metabolic enzymes for alcohol – alcohol dehydrogenase therefore will become intoxicated and “poisoned” by the build-up of an intermediary bi-product [acedaldehyde – a metabolite of alcohol] faster than Caucasians.  [].  This build-up of acetaldehyde leads to a “flushing” response then profuse vomiting.

For more information review this very informative fact sheet by the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

FASD and the brain-based approach: 1-day workshop, Falls Church VA, June 25

Hi everybody,

We would like to share this great opportunity with you to LEARN MORE about

caring for and working with individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.


Fetal alcohol workshop for caregivers+professionals, June 25 Falls Church VA

FASD/Other Neurobehavioral Conditions: A Brain-Based Approach

Workshop on caring for and working with individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

FASD is a brain-based physical disability with behavioral symptoms. The brain-based approach to living with, caring for, and working with individuals and families impacted by FASD acknowledges the source of behaviors: the brain, and provides a set of research-based best practices for helping people with fetal alcohol exposure, originally created by Diane Malbin of FASCETS.

This workshop is open to all parents and professionals working with or caring for individuals with diagnosed or suspected fetal alcohol exposure. 

June 25, 2014: Falls Church, VA. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by FAFASD.
At Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Road, Falls Church VA 22042. Workshop for parents and professionals. Certificate of attendance issued at completion. 

Please see the website for full details. Registration is required.


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