Welcome to “ Holistic Health! Glad you are reading this. We, Team Holistic Health, hope to engage you in discussing Alcohol and substance abuse, other types of compulsive behaviours related to food, to the use of technology, to work, to shopping…even to love! We will also explore elements of well being like the cultivation of mindfulness practices, the food we eat, stress, physical activity… you name it! So take a seat and let’s enjoy this ride. Today we will start with King Alcohol.
Alcohol is the hydroxyl chemical C2 H5 OH whose intoxicating properties have been known and used by mankind as part of ritual, ceremonies and as a social lubricant since time immemorial. It is a psychoactive substance: A chemical that impacts the central nervous system and leads to the desired mood change in the user.
Alcohol is a social lubricant and has had roles in various ceremonies in societies. Due to its effect on the brain and the fact that it potentially affects every organ in the human body, there is a propensity for harm. According to the WHO, there is no category called “ no risk use of alcohol”, only “low risk use of alcohol”.
What kind of drinker am I? If I or my loved ones or colleagues drink alcohol, it may be helpful to know if my use of alcohol may be putting me at risk. This week we will learn some simple screening tools. Next week we will look at how to measure our alcohol consumption, what constitutes a drink and the effects on the body. Helpful definitions used are Using, Misusing, Abusing, Addiction and Dependence.
USING: Using substance without experiencing negative consequences?
MISUSING: Same activity but now experiencing negative consequences?
ABUSING: A continued pattern of use despite negative consequences?
ADDICTED/DEPENDENT: Compulsive use of substance regardless of negative consequences?
How do I know I may be in trouble with alcohol? Do I
Have trouble at work or school that is related to my drinking
Drink to relax when I have problems
Fail to control the number of drinks once I start
Drink when I get irritated, frustrated, unhappy or angry
Drink in the morning
Guzzle my drinks
Forget what happened when I was drinking
Lie about my drinking
Hide my drinks
Get in trouble when I drink (with school, work, family, law etc)
Get drunk even when I don’t want to
Think it is good idea to be able to drink a lot.
So how do I Screen myself?
There are many simple tests to screen yourself for Alcohol Use Disorder. Examples are:-
C-Have you ever felt that you should Cut down on your drinking?
A” Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?’
G” Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?”
E” Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?”
TWEAK –especially for women-
Tolerance:” How many drinks can you hold?”
“Have close friends or relatives Worried or complained about your drinking in the past year?”
Eye-opener: ”Do you sometimes take a drink in the morning when you first wake up?”
Amnesia: “ Has a friend or family member ever told you about things you said or did while you were drinking that you could not remember?”
“Do you sometimes feel the need to C (k) ut down on your drinking?
If you are a youth under 21 yars, the CRAFFT questinaire may be more appropriate:-
It has 2 parts
A:1 During the last 12 months, did you
Drink any alcohol ( more than few sips)
Smoke any marijuana or hashish
Use anything to get high? ( illegal drugs, over the counter and prescreription drugs, things you sniff or huff)
IF YES to any. Part B
Have you ever ridden in a CAR driven by someone ( including yourself) who was “high” or had been using alcohol or drugs?
Do you ever use alcohol or drugs to RELAX, feel better about yourself or fit in?
Do you ever use alcohol or drugs while you are by yourself or ALONE?
Do you ever FORGET things you did while using alcohol or drugs?
Do your FAMILY of FRIENDS ever tell you that you should cut down on your drinking or drug use?
Have you ver gotten into TROUBLE while you were using alcohol or drugs
If you have answered YES to any, or are in any way worried about your drinking, there are resources in the community that can help. You can learn more or get the help you need at:
Botswana Substance Abuse Support Network (Bosasnet), Gaborone HYPERLINK "http://www.bosasnet.com/" http://www.bosasnet.com/ Cell : +267 72659891, Tel : +267 395 9119/ 391 3490AA Francistown Cell 73576244
AA Gaborone Cell 7232 0827
AA Palapye Cell: 71240895
AA Mahalapye: 72846889
See you next week as we learn more about alcohol!
By the Team Holistic Health Team
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.
At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.
He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.
“I became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, that’s when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didn’t have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.”
The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. “I felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I don’t have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.”
Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.
“I heard about the artist’s capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.”
Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasn’t even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.
“Working with DJ Fresh is really cool. It’s not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I can’t wait to do more with his mentorship.”
Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.
Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.
Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.
The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three months’ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.
“Celebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. It’s really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.”
Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.
There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.
This past weekend MultiChoice Botswana hosted media and lifestyle enthusiasts in Oodi for an evening of fun, drama and everything in between. The treat dubbed Big Brother Titans Botswana media challenge basically recreated the Big Brother experience right here in Botswana.
Big Brother Titans is the joint South African and Nigerian edition of the Big Brother franchise. The series follows contestants as they live in an isolated house and compete for a cash prize at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by the viewers.
These viewers vote their favorite housemates to stay on the show. The show features housemates from South Africa and Nigeria. The first season of the show premiered on January 15 2023 on DStv.
DStv Botswana Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila told WeekendLife that they saw it critical to host media friends to experience how it feels by being in the Big Brother house.
“For the very first time in history of Big Brother, we’ve seen the merging of two superpowers, Mzansi and Naija, with the Big Brother Titans season and what a better way to celebrate the monumental season than hosting our media friends.”
Participants were treated to top notch reception complimented by the Oodi sunset which just blew them away. A special shuttle was organized from Gaborone to Oodi, at a farm house that is just incredible in terms of design, aesthetics and ambience.
Of course they were welcomed by soft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for those who are not drinkers, and the next booth was an opportunity for housemates to introduce themselves to the man of the house, Biggie. RB2’s new baby Mdu the Party played the role of Biggie, and he nailed the character.
Some of the contestants were asked what they will do with the grand prize of P5000. With my ongoing voluntary movement, #Pad4HER, I needed the cash prize to push the campaign. #Pad4HER is a campaign that I started last year with an aim of helping female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to sanitary towels. Anyway, luck was not on my side but my colleague from The Botswana Gazette, Gosego Motsumi emerged as the winner.
We got done with the questions and made way into the house. The party began with more drinks and the first challenge kicked off. For this particular challenge, we were divided into pairs. I was matched with Motsumi and we won the first challenge.
Other housemates asked how we managed but it was simple: we had a strategy before embarking on the challenge. We sat down and debated on what we need to do in order to emerge victorious.
DStv engaged a phenomenal local chef, Rachel Tlagae who served some enchanting, light meal. Its Big Brother Titans so we ought to mind what we eat and also take note of quantities. Chefs also brought some wine to go with the meal and everyone was contented.
THE WINNING CHALLENGE
Housemates were taken through the last challenge: mental ability. This particular challenge needed them to know who they are as well as knowing their fellow housemates. It was one of the simplest challenges yet difficult. This is where I lost lot of points even though I was at the top (after winning the first challenge).
These housemates were all unique in their own way. From the media side was myself, Sharon Mathala, Leungo Mokgwathi, Gosego Motsumi and Nancy Ramokhua. This is a team which did exceptionally well altogether. Motsumi emerged as the winner, followed by Mathala and me on fourth position.
The third position was won by Loungo Pitse from influencer’s side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.
Legwaila said “We wanted to have a healthy mix of traditional media (print and radio) as well as social media personalities, artists and content creators in the house. We chose individuals who were characteristically different from each other because variety and diversity is important to us. We of course chose those with outgoing personalities as well as those who are a little more introverted as we wanted the interaction to be authentic and organic. We wanted a solid group of individuals who represented the many different people that make up this beautiful country.”
DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING
When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said “MultiChoice Africa is focused on entertaining audiences all over Africa with the current Big Brother franchises; BB Titans, Mzansi and Naija. Though we have no immediate plans to have a Big Brother Botswana in the future, we are continuously looking at ways to entertain our Botswana audience with local content and we are excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks from our country.”