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Thursday, 18 December 2008

Don’t bank on ending up in the “drunk tank”

I can’t really say the front page of the South Wales Echo today is an idea for Wales to be proud of. Plans for a “drunk tank” for those in Cardiff who’ve had substantially more than “one too many” seems like a necessary evil. On the one hand letting revellers “sleep off” the affects of drink in an inflatable tent is perhaps the safest and sensible measure for all concerned.

But, at the same time, it’s also very worrying. There has been a lot written recently in the media (and on this blog) about binge drinking and how it’s rapidly becoming the new scourge of our society. So it would be a mistake to view these tents as a permanent fixture in our city centre centres. Most of us will end up having a few drinks over the Festive period, but let’s hope it doesn’t result in the majority of us ending up in a tent, by the Millennium Stadium.

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