(HealthDay News) -- Thousands die each year in alcohol-related car crashes.
To avoid becoming another statistic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises:
- Make the decision not to drink and drive. Designate an alcohol-free driver before anyone has the first drink, or decide that you'll call a taxi. Don't allow your friends to drink and drive.
- Stick to a reasonable amount of alcohol. Do not binge drink, and encourage friends to drink in moderation.
- If you struggle with alcohol, talk to a doctor or nurse about programs that can help.
- Always wear a seat belt, and make sure your passengers do so.