Almost 4,000 drunken louts have been handed on-the-spot fines by West Midlands Police.
The 3,805 fixed penalty notices issued for drunk and disorderly behaviour represent a third of all the notices issued by the police force.
The scheme involves officers issuing £50 or £80 onthe-spot fines for individuals involved in offences such as low level anti-social behaviour, dropping litter, and wasting police time.
The majority of notices have been issued for disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress.
A total of 6,344 people have been issued with notices for these offences.
Most of the fixed penalty notices issued for wasting police time have related to people falsely reporting crimes such as the theft of DSS cheques, cash, goods and mobile phones.
Sergeant Tracey Packham, from the operations department, said: "Penalty notices for disorder have proved to be a useful means of addressing low level anti- social behaviour.
"They provide officers with a quick and effective means of dealing with people committing this type of offence, reducing the time spent on paperwork, and increasing the amount of time available for tackling more serious crimes."
The scheme was piloted in the West Midlands before being rolled out across the country and is designed as a speedy way of dealing with minor problems.
West Midlands Police are now testing the use of the notices in a bid to stop the anti-social behaviour of children as young as ten.