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'Drunk tanks' to ease NHS pressure

'Drunk tanks' to ease NHS pressure

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NHS England is making up to £300,000 available over the festive period to fund dozens of "drunk tanks".These supervised units are places where revellers who have over-indulged can be checked and allowed to sleep it off.They should help take the pressure off hospital and 999 services over the busy Christmas and new year period. Some will open later for "Booze Black Friday", the last Friday before Christmas, when drink sales usually peak as many office parties are held. Many will be operational on New Year's Eve.The areas that are getting funding for drunk tanks include Soho in central London, Exeter, Bristol, Oxford, Hereford, Norwich, Blackpool and Southampton.Most of these areas already provide drunk tanks in their city or town centres on Fridays a...