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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Rain this morning will clear to sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon.
A film put together by UNISON has highlighted the growing pressures ambulance staff in the East of England are facing.
Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, tomorrow morning will clear to showers by the afternoon.