Published On: January 20, 2021508 words2.5 min read

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 – and that’s why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

This week I’m chatting to broadcaster, political analyst and author, Eusebius McKaiser.  Eusebius hosted a daily radio show in South Africa and often invited me as his guest to discuss all things alcohol-related.  Many of our community found their way to Tribe Sober via his show, so I am truly grateful for his ongoing support and friendship.

 

In this Episode

  • For those of us missing his radio show, Eusebius reminded us of all the other ways he engages
  • He writes regularly for the Mail & Guardian – read one of his thought provoking articles here
  • Eusebius is, of course, the author of three books – Run Racist Run, A Bantu in My Bathroom and Could I Vote DA – link to all 3 books is here
  • His latest project is a book show called Cover to Cover – three episodes already in the can – here is Episode 1
  • We talked about his relationship with alcohol – he began drinking at college and then periodically binge drank during his 20’s and 30’s
  • Always competitive, he still managed to pass all his degrees and build a successful career
  • Eusebius signed up for Dry January a couple of years ago, and to his surprise maintained his alcohol-free period for six months
  • He then signed up for the next Dry January and, apart from one glass of wine, has not had a drink for a year
  • He thinks his alcohol-free lifestyle may be permanent this time and we discuss the benefits he is experiencing
  • He explained how he has substituted different kinds of music for alcohol – to stimulate the right mood when he is writing
  • We agreed that as we get older we tend to start “self-medicating” with alcohol – convincing ourselves that it is “fun”
  • Eusebius wrote a blog for our website – called “Sober Diary Reflections” – you can read it here 
  • He mentioned my Goodbye to Alcohol letter, which you can hear me reading out on his show here
  • He feels strongly that it’s not our job to justify the fact that we are not drinking – and that the onus should be on those challenging us
  • We talked about Earthchild and how the children on the Cape Flats rarely get to experience quiet and a feeling of peace
  • The yoga classes provided by Earthchild can bring those children some relief from their difficult environment
  • So please donate to our Earthchild Fundraiser – and get 30 days of community and online support – the link is HERE

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