In the News
According to the NHS, approximately 70% of admissions to A&E on Friday and Saturday nights are due to alcohol consumption. In a bid to reduce this figure, drunk tanks may become a norm in British cities. Both A&E staff and paramedics are often called on to deal with drunken and aggressive behaviour rather than dealing with other emergency cases.
The proposed plan for a drunk tank roll-out has been criticised by those who believe that people should take more responsibility for their actions (and drinking). The drunk tanks should not be seen as a ‘safety net’ and people should receive more advice about drinking less on nights out.
Here is one useful article to explore this issue with links to Crime and Deviance and Health topics.