ATLANTA (AP) _ Cold weather kills more than 700 Americans a year, government researchers reported this week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 12,368 Americans died of hypothermia between 1979 and 1995 _ about three deaths per million people.

Insulated, layered clothing, including hats, helps prevent hypothermia, as does abstaining from alcohol. Drinking causes heat loss by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin.