Britain, an MPs' report has warned, is turning into the Wild West - at least, certain parts of it are, thanks to permission for twenty-four hour drinking.
According to The Telegraph, officers are being forced to work regular shifts until 4 a.m., leaving a scant supply of police on duty at other times of the day.
The Police Federation of England and Wales said alcohol had become so endemic that "drinking to excess remains to be seen as laudable and to be encouraged by a significant proportion of the population".
In its report into the effects of the Licensing Act 2003, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it was alarmed that all day drinking had done little to curb alcohol related problems.
It said: "The Committee remains concerned that the relaxation of rules on premises' closing hours have not diminished law and order problems, but have merely moved them one or two hours later than previously."
The report called on the Government to impose restrictions on promotional drinking as Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced a series of proposals to bring excessive consumption under control.