drunk tank


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drunk tank

slang for a large police cell used for detaining drunks overnight.
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The two thought it would be great to give people who are worse for wear the opportunity to crash out in the drunk tanks them up.
The drunk tank has been set up to relieve pressure on hospital medics who should be saving the lives of stroke victims and heart attack patients instead of having to waste time stitching up head wounds for drunken meat-heads.
For example, law enforcement wanted a drunk tank without treatment components, and hospitals wanted intoxicated individuals removed from their ERs.
At this rate, there will have to be "drunk tanks" at every street corner, manned round the clock
Mr Stevens said: "When the health service is pulling out all the stops to care for sick and vulnerable patients who rightly and genuinely need our support, it's frankly selfish when ambulance paramedics and A&E nurses have to be diverted to looking after revellers who have overindulged and who just need somewhere to safely sleep it off." Bristol launched Britain's first drunk tank to treat intoxicated revellers three years ago as a joint venture between the police, ambulance service and hospitals.
FINE BY ME A FRIEND took me to task for suggesting billing anyone who wound up in a drunk tank. 'Would you fine other self-inflicted injuries?' he asked.
THE Pogues and Kirsty MacColl famously sang about Christmas in the drunk tank but this was no Fairytale of New York.
SOUTHPORT has got its own drunk tank to keep boozy party-goers out of A&E.
IF you ever hear large groups of night-time revellers humming the opening lines of The Pogues' classic Fairytale of New York you will know where they are heading - Middlesbrough's new Drunk Tank, (Gazette, 14.10.14) a place where boozed-up locals will be hauled off the streets and placed into holding units until they are sober (time limit one hour).
In most city and town centres are empty commercial property units that could easily be turned into a US-style drunk tank very cheaply.
"In the USA, drunk people are put in a drunk tank as of an evening.