Adrian Lee, head of the Northamptonshire force, wants the responsibility for - and the cost of - drunken behaviour to lie squarely with individuals.
He's calling for commercial companies to run 'drunk tanks', where people who have had too much alcohol would be taken and billed for their care the morning after.
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