05/10/16 The Use of the Phrase ‘Under the Influence’

under the influence

This phrase is used to describe a person who is intoxicated, affected by the use of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of both.

DUI — DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUECE
The crime of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs. State laws specify the level of blood alcohol content at which a person is presumed to be under the influence. Also called driving while intoxicated (DWI and drunk driving).