Scott Russell Sanders’ essay “Under the Influence” is about his father’s brawl with alcoholism and addiction

Scott Russell Sanders’ essay “Under the Influence” is about his father’s brawl with alcoholism and addiction, this article shows how alcoholism affects Sanders, his brothers, his sister, mother and even his own children. Sanders frequently punctuates his memoirs of his father with information from other sources – dictionaries, medical encyclopedias, poems and short stories, this he does with a view of giving readers a more intense and a much more profound view of the pain and suffering people living with alcoholics go through. It also helps the reader view alcoholism in a new light and in many different ways too.