Alcohol Can Result in Summer Tragedy

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) — About three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related automobile crash at some time in their lives, a U.S. physician says.

“People think drunk driving is highest around New Year’s Eve, but that is not the case,” Dr. Karen Soren, director of adolescent health services at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, says in a statement. “The issue of drunk driving is problematic year round, especially when it comes to those who are under age.”

To have a safe summer, untouched by tragedy, Soren suggests:

– Picking a designated driver in advance when partying, even on the water.

– Practicing safe-driving habits. Use seat belts. Avoid driver distractions such as cellphones, combing hair or eating.

– Not driving after midnight. Bars in full swing and patrons not in best condition may add up to a dangerous time to be on the road.

– Calling 911 for help if someone passes out from consuming too much alcohol. Excessive alcohol in the body may cause the central nervous system to shut down, which can be fatal.

– Planning, as a responsible host or hostess, to have a taxi service on call or a place available for guests to sleep.

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