Poll: Are ‘drunk tanks’ a good idea for Booze Britain?


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The Independent Online

A top policeman, Chief Constable Adrian Lee has proposed a new solution to Britain's collective drink problem: disorderly drunks should be confined in privately-run 'drunk tanks' for the night and then charged for their own care the morning after.

The unlucky drinkers could be charged around £400 - more than the price of a night at the Ritz, to cover costs and provide the private firms with a profit.

But will it help solve addiction and end anti-social behavior? Or just line the pockets of private companies at the expense of Britain's poorest people?