The PsychoAnalytic Perspectives On The Problematic Use Of Alcohol: Lowering The Minimum Drinking Age In The United States To Eighteen

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorCollege, Undergraduate October 2001

download word file, 3 pages 0.0

Downloaded 23 times

The PsychoAnalytic Perspectives on the Problematic Use of Alcohol: Lowering the Minimum Drinking Age in the United States to Eighteen In 1984, Congress passed the national Minimum Purchase Act to enact a minimum legal purchase (MLPA), by 1986, of twenty-one. This law has been contested ever since. The MLDA is one of the most controversial subjects still in debate today. Like other , there are benefits and risks to alcohol. In all countries, with the exclusion of Saudi Arabia, alcohol is a part of everyday life. Supporters of the argument contest that at the age of eighteen they are old enough to purchase and consume alcohol.

What is the right drinking age? Wisconsin Attorney GeneralJim Doyle favors lowering the drinking age to nineteen, if the age was adopted nationally. "I think this idea that somehow we're going to keep kids between nineteen and twenty-one from drinking is a myth," said Doyle.

At the age of eighteen "kids" legally become s. As an "adult" they are now allowed to vote, serve on a jury, stay out later than curfew hours, leave home, smoke, buy weapons, fornicate, engage in financial contracts, be tried as an and sentenced to prison as one for a crime, and to join and/or be drafted into the army, but you cannot drink. So, if a person goes to war to defend their country and win, they cannot even celebrate with a drink with a comrade, and if they do and they get caught you could be imprisoned for a "minor" person drinking. The government does not seem to have its mind made up. A person is only an "adult" when it is convenient for them. In some cases, a person can be sentenced to as an , but on the other hand if a person is...