West Midlands Police deal with more than ten incidents of drink-fuelled violence every day, the Home Office has revealed.
New figures were published as police forces prepared to deal with the consequences of longer opening hours which come into force today.
Police recorded 3,974 violent offences committed in connection with West Midlands licensed premises, in the 12 months leading up to April.
This is an increase of six per cent on two years ago, when the figures began to be collected for the first time.
Only violent crimes are included in the statistics.
Another 4,382 offences were recorded by Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and Staffordshire Police.
Home Office Minister Hazel Blears admitted the true extent of the problem may be greater than the figures show.
She said: "These figures relate to violence recorded by the police rather than violence committed."
Last night Birmingham MP Andrew Mitchell (Con Sutton Coldfield) said: "Longer opening hours are the equivalent of pouring fuel on the fire.
"Booze-fuelled violent crime is already on the increase."
Jim Orford, professor of clinical and community psychology at the University of Birmingham, warned the Government was taking a gamble.
He said: "We really don't know what will happen regarding alcohol related crime and disorder.
"If you want to cut down on binge-drinking, it seems a strange thing to do.
"The focus has been on crime, but the effects on mental and physical health could be just as significant."
He highlighted the case of football legend George Best, saying: "The question of how many more people are going to suffer from the effects of alcohol abuse like George Best because we as a nation are drinking more?
"The Government is looking at the public aspects of bingedrinking but not the effects on health."
About one third of all pubs, clubs and stores in England and Wales licensed to sell alcohol are to extend their opening hours after the new Licensing Act comes into effect.
But very few will be taking advantage of the introduction of 24-hour drinking allowed in some areas under the new laws.
An estimated 70,000 outlets have successfully applied for extended licences.
Only 700, including 240 pubs and 250 supermarkets, have received licences to sell alcohol 24 hours a day.
The new legislation gives police and local authorities greater powers to clamp down on businesses which fuel alcohol misuse.
Stores caught selling alcohol to minors could have their licence changed, suspended or revoked and be handed a £5,000 fine.
Supermarket bosses met Home Secretary Charles Clarke and Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell yesterday to discuss their strategy.
This will include improving in-store signs, and staff training relating to sales of alcohol to under-18s.
Mr Clarke said: "We see this as a central part of our drive to decrease alcohol consumption by young people, in particular alcohol consumption on the street."