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Published March 2011.

Web Exclusive: Computer Logic

With some time, drink signals can be shut down like pop-up windows.

"That idea of a drink is going to keep popping up in my mind, from time to time."

Sometimes when working on the computer, an intrusive little window pops up saying things like “An update is available. Would you like to download it now?” or “There are unused icons on your desktop. Would you like to open the desktop manager?” And almost all the time I click the little “x” on the popup window to close it without answering or worrying about the question.

That is what the desire to drink is sometimes like. From time to time the thought pops into my head, “What about a drink?” And I don’t even answer it. I already know that the answer is no. I just go on to the next right thing and let the question close itself. My first 90 days the question popped up quite frequently and it took some thought and effort to close the question and go on. Sometimes it took a call to my sponsor or an AA friend. Once it took going to the meeting book and finding the soonest meeting anywhere.

-- Paul L.

New Brunswick, New Jersey

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