'Drunk tanks' make a comeback as emergency calls rise

The drunk tank is making a resurgence in an attempt to ease the load on emergency services.

At this time of year, around 70 percent of calls to emergency services are related to alcohol in the UK, according to ITV News. Normally it's around 20 percent.

Now to try and stem the tide of festive party victims, England's NHS is considering rolling out a travelling drunk tank across the country.

The aim is to stop intoxicated people from overflowing the already frantic emergency centres.

"All of those other emergencies that we deal with on any other day... are competing in priority of seriousness," London Ambulance Service's Ian Johns told ITV News.

"If you're drunk to the point you're unconscious, you're going to get an ambulance quickly - so other people will need to wait."

Similar mobile drunk tanks, officially known as 'Alcohol Recovery Centres', are already operating in Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff.

But they don't always have to be mobile. One stationary drunk tank already sits inside London's St Thomas' Hospital.

It's hoped the tanks will help free up beds in the emergency centre for those with a genuine medical emergency.