12. How the Sober Spring Challenge Changed my Drinking – Lebo

August 8, 2020

Tribe Sober – Inspiring an Alcohol-free Life!

After running Tribe Sober for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living, I’ve learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others – that’s why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

In this episode I interview Lebo.   I first met Lebo when she signed up for the Sober Spring Challenge. Lebo is an entrepreneur, a teacher at Stretch with Pule and a sought-after speaker on leadership and gender issues.  She is the author of 2 books and a podcaster herself.  We got to know each other better when she interviewed me for her podcast – which you can listen to here.

In this Episode

  • Like many of us, Lebo’s relationship with alcohol could be described as “complicated”
  • Her father used to drink a lot at the weekend but her mother didn’t drink at all
  • Lebo didn’t drink much until her late twenties
  • She was introduced to alcohol by an expert and it all felt very sophisticated
  • Her consumption gradually crept up over the years, until she found herself using it to cope with stress
  • As she approached 40, she noticed that she was developing a “wine belly”
  • She started to worry about her wine habit and asked some of her friends for advice
  • Lebo’s friends assured her that she was absolutely fine and didn’t drink too much at all
  • We discussed how friends will often do this as they are afraid to highlight their own drinking habits!
  • In spite of her friends’ reassurances, Lebo recognised that she could be on a slippery slope and signed up for Sober Spring
  • During the challenge, she completed several alcohol-free stretches and interacted a lot with the other challengers
  • She appreciated the information she received during Sober Spring and now feels much more aware of the dangers of alcohol
  • Lebo still drinks sometimes, but she knows that her life is so much better when she is alcohol-free – so that is her aim
  • She urges people to give Sober Spring Challenge a try to reset their habits – there is nothing to lose and so much to gain

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