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Screening/ Auditing Myself

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.

Am I:
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 alone
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 "" 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

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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