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Recently, I had been to LA. I watched the news on the television. Not once but a couple of times I had had heard the newscasters and reporters using the word 'influence', in the context of drink-driving, in the following fashion:

1. She drove the car under the influence.

2. He was suspected to have been under the influence.


Is it colloquial or American English?
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Hi,

Yes, it's a shortened form of 'under the influence of alcohol'.

Clive
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Clive,

Thank you very much for the prompt response.

Is the usage correct? Is it gaining currency?
Hi,

It's not new. It's been very common for a long time.

Clive