(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.
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