Drunks pay for drunk tanks?

Alcohol recovery centres could be set up across UK cities

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NHS

The risks of drinking too much

Regularly drinking more than 14 units a week risks damaging your health.

Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.

New evidence around the health harms from regular drinking have emerged in recent years.

There is now a better understanding of the link between drinking and some illnesses, including a range of cancers.

The previously held position that some level of alcohol was good for the heart has been revised.

It is now thought that the evidence on a protective effect from moderate drinking is less strong than previously thought.

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The Times

Let us have drunk tanks, paid for by drunks

If you saw in the new year in an accident and emergency unit or a police cell, and if there was no other reason than that you were incapably sozzled, sympathy is unavailable. You're a nuisance, a social blight, a drain on public resources. That hangover may be a spinning, crashing misery, but it is not fair reparation. The pressure of heavy drinkers on hospitals and police encourages a growing opinion that they should pay for it in actual money. Then we could afford to create the kind of dedicated drunk tanks that our cautious age would consider safe enough to be acceptable.

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