Twenty-four hour drinking has led to a surge in violent crime in towns and cities, police have said as a new report branded measures to tackle the problem a failure.
The Police Superintendents Association warned that the relaxation of licensing laws in 2003 has led to a "significant" change in policing with a huge rise in incidents in the early hours of the morning.
It highlighted the fact that in Manchester a fifth of all recorded crime between the hours of 3am and 6am is alcohol-related, compared to 8 per cent when the act was introduced.
Police made the warning in evidence to a Lords select committee on licensing laws, which today calls for a ban on buy-one-get one free offers for alcohol in supermarkets.
The report found than two-thirds of all alcohol is now bought in shops rather than pubs and bars, leading to a huge rise in drinking at home. Police have linked the rise to an increase in domestic violence.
Peers highlighted the fact that the number of alcohol-related admissions to hospital has nearly doubled over the past decade to 1.1million, describing the rise as "startling".
It found that voluntary measures no longer work and called for the Government to follow the lead of Scotland in bringing in tougher measures.
It suggests that the UK should also introduce minimum alcohol pricing if it is found to be effective.
The report also called for licensing laws to be introduced in airports amid concerns that pubs, bars and restaurants can sell alcohol 24 hours a day without restrictions.
Sussex police told peers that an undercover operation found that all but one retailer at Gatwick Airport had sold to teenagers under the age of 18.
However it said that it could not impose sanctions because the licensing act does not apply to airport.
The Civil Aviation Authority said that there has been a 36 per cent increase in "disruptive passenger incidents" between 2014 and 2015, while the airline Jet2.com said it dealt with more than 200 incidents linked to alcohol last summer alone.
Peers heard evidence from homeowners that the relaxation of licensing laws have had a "catastrophic" impact on their lives.
One residents' association in North London told the committee: "Residents suffer from the noise of shouting and swearing, banging of car doors and loudly playing car radios, urination and vomiting in the street.
"The night time economy has grown exponentially, but the infrastructure needed to contain it—policing, street cleaning, lavatory facilities, monitoring and decision-making by the Council—has remained virtually unchanged.”
A councillor in Bristol told peers that the overhaul of licensing laws has "seemingly ignored the costs of enforcement, harm and tidying up".
Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas of the Police Superintendents Association, told peers that police need more funding to tackle the issue.
We know children as young as five are calling helplines because they are worried about their parents' drinking
Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of the Children's Society
He said: "Demand on police resources, which is what I am talking about today, has shifted from what we were traditionally used to pre-2003 or 2005 to later in the morning."
The committee said that a drive to curb late-night, alcohol-fuelled disorder that was championed by Theresa May has had little impact and should be abandoned. In 2011 Mrs May introduced a late-night levy in an attempt to get pubs and clubs that open late to pay for policing.
It has been adopted by just nine local authorities, however prompting calls for it to be abolished by a more effective measure. The Lords committee on licensing also called for a major overhaul of how licensing decisions are made after hearing evidence that some councillors were guilty of a "scandalous misuse" of their powers.