Lesson two


This refers to a situation where the leisure makers aim at making money out of the activities. The public is expected to pay some money before having access to the leisure activities being produced.

Examples of some leisure activities being paid for include watching drama in the theatre and watching live performance by musicians among others.


  • Commercialization of leisure creates social classes in the community. The rich people may only associate among themselves during leisure. In the same way, the poor have a different set of leisure activities. This is a threat to a unity in the community.
  • Commercialization of leisure limits the choices of People become restricted to a few leisure activities which are not highly paid or which are totally free.
  • Many people tend to resort to gambling as a result of the leisure being commercialized. They may play some games in order to earn some money such that they gain access to a better leisure
  • Commercialization of leisure may lead poverty among the people. This is because of the little income that could have been saved is used up to access
  • Commercialized leisure may lead to idleness. Because of being expensive, many people may be forced to sit redundant after their daily This may give such people the chance to think of evil things.
  • Some people are denied the chance of developing their This is because some leisure makers are also required to pay some fee before they entertain others.
  • Other people may be forced to engage in prostitution because of commercialized leisure. This may be because of the desire to get the money necessary for the leisure activities.
  • Commercialized leisure is ruining education Some students may prefer going to look for money instead of revising books or going to school.
  • Some people tend to neglect their families because of leisure being This may be caused by either the desire to entertain others aimed at getting money or going for leisure alone.
  • Commercialized leisure may lead to stealing or robbery. This is common among some youth who are driven into such acts because of the love to enjoy
  • Some people have lost their creativity because of leisure commercialized. The viewers may be rendered helpless to think on their own as they simply receive whatever is being passed on to
  • Commercialized leisure tends to bring a lot of violence. Some people may fight because of being denied to have access, losing in a competition and many
  • Commercialized leisure may lead an individual to neglect his or her faith. Some people even work with the aim of getting money at the time they are to be worshipping like on
  • Commercialized leisure may be blamed for the strip or nude dancing commonly known as “Ebimansulo” in Luganda. As a result of this, there is a lot of social disorder like family


The abuse or misuse of leisure refers to the various ways through which an individual’s free time is used in a wrong or bad way according to a given society. In such a case, the leisure is used in a way that may not benefit the leisure maker and the general public. Examples of leisure abuse in Uganda include the following;

  • Leisure is being abused through alcoholism. In this case, the excessive drinking of alcohol becomes a daily business at the expense of other more productive
  • Smoking is another leisure abuse today. Many people are found of smoking plants such as tobacco and opium during their free time. This has got little benefit if not none to the smokers and the
  • Some people are abusing leisure by gambling. They participate in playing games for money without having any knowledge of the Such games are not only permanent but they are also against the laws and some Christian teachings. As a Christian, one is expected to work but not to gamble.
  • Leisure is being misused today by participating and watching strip dancing commonly known as “Ebimansulo” in Luganda. This is a show involving exposing of private parts. This negatively affects the morality of
  • Some people abuse leisure through rumor Such individuals are found of spreading unofficial story or piece of news. This may disrupt the much-desired good relationship among the people.
  • Other people misuse leisure by roaming in the streets. Such people move up and down in the streets without any reason during their free This may force them to commit some crimes either knowingly or unknowingly.
  • Leisure is being misused by just sitting in an idle way. People under this category simply sit without doing anything during their free time. It is during this idleness that an individual may think of and commit some crimes with the false belief of being
  • Some people misuse leisure by engaging in obscene This is a common practice among the young ones that may lead to moral degeneration.
  • Leisure is being misused by working continuously even at the time one is to have a rest. This causes inefficiency in work.
  • Some people misuse leisure by engaging in seduction. This is a common practice by men. In such cases, they tend to take and persuade girls or women into sexual relations instead of doing constructive
  • Some people also misuse leisure by engaging in pick pocketing. This is a common practice among the gang stars that have made it a business to steal money from other people, especially along the
  • Other people engage in prostitution at the time they are free from work. This is an abuse of leisure because it is not only harmful to the individuals but also causes misunderstanding among people.


The drinking of alcohol is continuously gaining ground among people today. The individuals give different reasons, answers or causes to their drinking including the following;

  • To many people, drinking alcohol is a proof to To them, drinking alcohol is intended to demonstrate their maturity. This is because of the false belief that alcohol is meant only for the adult. Therefore, this means that they are no longer children but old people.
  • Some individuals are influenced by their peer groups to take alcohol. Such people are driven into drinking in order to fit in that particular group, be sociable and acceptable.
  • Some people take alcohol in order to gain courage while relating to others. This is particularly true wishy people who cannot express themselves fully in the
  • Some people take alcohol so that they forget about their problems. Therefore, drinking alcohol becomes an avenue of solving
  • Some people are also influenced by the curiosity to take alcohol. This is caused by the desire to find out how nice or bad alcohol
  • Some people are forced to take alcohol by the sweet and persuasive advertisement or sales promotion by the alcohol makers. The adverts put across information that may eventually attract the non-drinkers. Some of these adverts include :kings beer” by pilsner, “Discover the strength” by Guinness and “ A drink for a great a night and a good morning” by Bell
  • Someone’s environment or the surrounding can lure him into drinking alcohol. For example, working in brewing
  • Some people take alcohol because of medical prescription. For example, people with excess fats in the body are recommended by doctors to take alcohol in order to reduce the risks associated with such a fatty
  • Some people are influenced by the excess money available. Such people look at taking alcohol as a means of showing off their level of riches and away of using the disposable
  • Some people feel that taking alcohol is a way of passing time and killing boredom. This is particularly true with workers who have the preference of being entertained by beer after completing their
  • Other people turn to drinking alcohol as a means of relieving off tensions. This is caused when one is faced with hardships in life such as losing a dear one, a job or an To such people, alcohol becomes a consolation and a way of coping up with the difficulties.
  • Some people drink alcohol because of the cultural influence. This is the case in a society where drinking is normal and promoted as a way of
  • Ignorance of the dangers of alcohol makes many people to drink it. People in this category may the feeling that drinking is good and a fashion. Therefore, they get caught up in the
  • Some people take alcohol because of the excitement especially during For example, victory parties, graduation parties and wedding parties among others.
  • Other people take alcohol because of the decline of the family organization. This is true in families where parents themselves are drunkards. Children from such families tend to copy the examples of the
  • Some take alcohol as a result of human Such an individual may have a weak mind and cannot, therefore, control the desire for a beer.


Taking alcohol may not necessary be good as it is always thought of. It has a lot of problems associated with it not only to the individual consumer but also to the general public. These problems include;

  • Taking alcohol leads to mental This reduces the level of one’s thinking, learning and memory.
  • Taking alcohol may lead to poor health of the consumers. The end result of alcohol may be the feeling of some sicknesses including high blood pressure, red mouth, morning sweats, tuberculosis and uncontrolled shaking among
  • Excessive drinking of alcohol may lead to loss of This is brought about by the failure of the individual to work regularly and efficiently.
  • Taking alcohol can result into having too much debt. This may be as a result of the individual borrowing money for drinking, keeping the family after spending the money on drinks or borrowing the drink itself. This can cause conflict among these individuals.
  • Taking alcohol affects pregnancy negatively. It can either cause a miscarriage, or result into the baby being born with abnormalities in the kidney, bones and low birth weight among
  • Taking alcohol may also lead to poor social image. This may be as a result of urinating and defecating in clothes and falling alongside the road constantly among others. This eventually leads to loss of personality and
  • Taking alcohol may lead to loss of appetite. Such an individual may sleep hungry and wakes sickly and weak to an extent where he or she cannot eat
  • Taking alcohol is responsible for some domestic violence in some families. This may be as a result of too much income being spent on drinking leaving members to suffer from hunger, poor health and lack of education among others. The end result of all these may be quarrels and
  • Drinking alcohol can result into motor accidents. Drunkard drivers or pedestrians who may not be able to balance themselves properly are held responsible for some road
  • Biblically, alcoholism is condemned. Wine is regarded as a mocker meant for only for the wicked people. Therefore, taking alcohol is being disobedient to
  • Taking alcohol may lead to misbehavior like rape, defilement, fights, quarrels and adultery among others. This leads to poor relationship in the
  • Taking alcohol is responsible for the social classes in the society. The drunkards have the tendency of isolating themselves and so is the case with the non-drinkers. This may cause lack of co-operation in the
  • Taking alcohol may lead to low level of saving. This is true in cases where much income is spent on beers. This eventually leads to

N.B: It should be noted that the reasons for and the dangers of smoking are more or less the same with that of alcoholism. Therefore, it is important for a student to put this into consideration while revising.