Meaning of under the influence in English:

under the influence

phrase

informal
  • Affected by alcoholic drink or drugs.

    • ‘he was charged with driving under the influence’
    • ‘Memory of detail does deteriorate with time especially if the person was under the influence of drink or drugs.’
    • ‘Almost half of all murders in Scotland are committed by people under the influence of drugs or drink.’
    • ‘Three more motorists caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs have lost their licences.’
    • ‘He concluded the crash was caused by Paul driving too fast while under the influence of drink and drugs.’
    • ‘If the woman had been under the influence of drink or drugs at the time of sex, then doubt could be cast upon her ability to give consent.’
    • ‘He was under the influence of drugs and drink when he wandered out to see what was going on and was caught on camera throwing a stone.’
    • ‘Bosses could soon be using a quick new eye test to tell if workers are under the influence of drugs or drink.’
    • ‘Death by careless driving while under the influence of drink should carry a manslaughter charge?’
    • ‘She spoke of her mother becoming aggressive when under the influence of drink.’
    • ‘It has also emerged that the problem of driving while under the influence of drugs is as acute as ever.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin