There are many laws in America that seem both ridiculous and hypocritical. One of them is the drinking laws of this country. At the age of eighteen an individual is old enough to assume almost any responsibility. An individual at that age is old enough to hold a job and live out on his own. At that same age a person is old enough to have consensual sex. If you commit a crime at the age of eighteen, then you will most certainly be tried as an adult. If there is a war, an eighteen-year-old can expect to find himself drafted into the military where he can be forced to fight and possibly die in some third world hell hole. We can trust an eighteen-year-old to defend the freedom and security of this country, but we can't trust them to drink responsibly. This absurd notion fits the very definition of hypocrisy.
People in our society seem to want to have it both ways. They want eighteen-year-olds to take on adult responsibilities and face the consequences as adults. Yet they refuse to allow them to take on the responsibility that comes with drinking.
The United States certainly has a complicated history with alcohol, fueled by a powerful combination of morality and economics. Spurred by concerns of declining American values and popular religious leaders pointing to booze as the cause, Congress turned a temporary prohibition tied to World War I grain shortages into the 18 th Amendment to the Constitution, banning the sale and consumption of alcohol. But sentiment began to come full circle after violent episodes such as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre not only showcased the darkest side of bootlegging, but also reminded the country just how lucrative the booze business is. And with the Great Depression making tax revenue from alcohol sales vital, Uncle Sam ultimately got back in the game in 1933, repealing his first and only amendment ever.