The personal essay “Under the Influence” by Scott Russell Sanders is a true story about his father’s addiction to alcohol. His father’s struggle with addiction affected all his family members and has left a long lasting impact on Sanders as an adult with his own children. Sander’s uses an abundant of sources to paint a detailed picture of what growing up with an addict was like for him. We learn how his father’s condition has changed him as a person and changed how he lives his life.
Short stories and biblical references are how Sanders emphasizes how serious his father’s addiction was as well as
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