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Female drinkers are more likely than male drinkers to abuse drugs and have mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders.

Quite a sobering list, don’t you think?

The Amethyst Initiative says if the drinking age were changed (i.e., lowered), states could safeguard young people by setting different rules for on-premise and off-premise alcohol purchases, or allow students to buy only lower-alcohol beverages. Another idea - my favorite - would be to issue students an “alcohol license” after they take a campus alcohol education class.

I have a few thoughts about that student alcohol license:

• Require a minimum grade point average. Any GPA below 3.0 and it’s Hi-C for you.

• Require a no-ticket driving record. Had a fender-bender last summer? Come back in 12 months.

• Require a minimum Body Mass Index. It takes a big man (and a bigger woman) to not act stupid after two alcoholic drinks. BMIs 24 and below need not apply.

• Require an in-person interview with the college or university president, who personally administers the alcohol education and signs the license. Celebratory toast in the dean’s office is optional.

Cheryl Wetzstein’s On the Family appears on Tuesdays and Sundays. She can be reached at