A top Midland judge condemned Government plans to relax late-night drinking laws as lunacy.
Judge Charles Harris QC said the situation was already grave "if not grotesque" and there was a danger of alcohol-fuelled violence increasing.
"A very high proportion of crimes of violence are ignited or fuelled by alcohol," said Judge Harris. "If there was less fuel, there would be less violence. And if there is more fuel, there is unlikely to be less violence and there might well be more."
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Nine out of ten pubs nationwide have applied to open later when the licensing changes allowing late-night drinking come into force in November.
On Tuesday, the Association of Chief Police Officers warned British towns could turn into infamous holiday party spots like Faliraki in Greece.
That view was echoed yesterday by the Council of Her Majesty's Circuit Judges which said: "Those who routinely see the consequences of drink- fuelled violence in offences of rape, grievous bodily harm and worse on a daily basis are in no doubt that an escalation of offences of this nature will inevitably be caused by the relaxation of liquor licensing which the Government has now authorised."
Ministers have argued that later licences will encourage more sensible drinking and cut crime by stopping revellers spilling out on to the street at the same time.
However, Judge Harris, who sits on the Midland and Oxford circuit and hears cases at Warwick Crown Court, said the amounts people drank for pure leisure were "quite astonishing".
"The trouble is, continentalstyle drinking requires continental-style people, who sit quietly drinking away at cafe tables, not standing up shouting at each other in crowded bars trying to consume gallons of beer at a time," he said.
"But a high proportion of them, when they have had a lot to drink, become pugnacious and bellicose and they fight at the slightest provocation.
"And not just fight in a gentlemanly way, with the odd fisticuff; they knock people down and they kick them and they often kick them repeatedly."
He questioned why so much more was spent trying to stop people smoking than drinking to excess.
"It is sad that people want to do that. What is the pleasure, night after night, in getting drunk, turning out on to the streets, fighting, vomiting, being carted off to hospitals."
Councillor David Osborne (Lib Dem South Yardley), chairman of Birmingham City Council's licensing committee, described the judge's comments as speculation. "I cannot see there being any more or any less incidents after the new hours come into effect. I have not seen any evidence that would prove that a change in hours would cause more criminal behaviour."
Hilary Hall, chief executive of the Midlands Association for Restaurants, Caterers, Hotels and Entertainment, which represents more than 150 venues, said: "It is a bigger responsibility than for just licensed premises. It is going to be an issue for supermarkets that are open all hours, off licences, and all sorts of people who work in the drinks industry.
"Under the terms of the new Licensing Act, licensees in bars are required to have more trained staff and there will be more attention paid to the people they serve."