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.
More top news
Dry and fine across most parts, with some sunshine.
Tributes have been paid to a keen cyclist from Essex killed in a collision with a Mercedes at Canewdon.
Once any mist and low cloud has disappeared this morning, it will be a largely dry and bright day. Turning more unsettled by Monday.