Peter Dench’s comment
Of course none of us wants to be identified with the people in Dench’s images, and most will sneer or laugh or perhaps even feel disgust. However, I think that in some ways Dench is making a serious point of a particular social behaviour that is far from appreciated by people outside of Britain.
In general the images are humorous and surreal. Is there an ethical issue, I don’t think that there is if what we are referring to people in compromised states (inebriated) and not full compus mentas. In general his work appears to me more as tragic that funny. So I think that the idea that it is always interpreted as humorous is questionable. However, I can see his point. Some of the images do work as a sort of scene from a British sit com that could be passed as funny. On the other hand, being at the scene, one might find it less than amusing.