A study into proposals for by-laws banning the consumption of alcohol in public places in the Borders has received a "mixed" response.
The local authority has been looking at the move for more than a decade.
The latest consultation got nearly 500 responses - 44% saying public drinking was not causing a problem.
However, 36% believed that it did and Scottish Borders Council is being advised to take forward the proposals to a second stage.
It would assess public opinion on whether a by-law should cover the whole region or possibly a pilot targeting the towns of Galashiels and Hawick.
The local authority first resolved to try to tackle the issue in 2007.
A previous round of consultation was carried out in 2013/14 but a fresh assessment was agreed last year.
The results of that study are now ready to be presented to councillors although they will be told there is a "wide variety of views" on the matter.
A report said that a number of places were identified as having spots where public drinking was a problem.
Galashiels and Hawick attracted most comments with Kelso, Peebles and Selkirk also cited.
Police said that weekend nights had the highest levels of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.
They added that by-laws in other regions had helped to reduce violence and the Borders was the only council area which did not have them.
NHS Borders said that a ban could reduce the exposure of young people and children to alcohol.
It added that public drinking could "adversely affect the quality of life for residents and our communities".
A meeting of Scottish Borders Council will be asked to decide whether a second stage of consultation should go ahead and what areas it should cover.
A pilot project in Hawick and Galashiels is among the options being considered but a report has warned that could mean areas feeling "singled out" while other felt "left out".