Alcohol Beverage Labeling Act Law and Legal Definition

The Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act is a U.S. federal legislation enacted in 1988. The Act is also known as ABLA. The provisions relating to the ABLA are found under 27 USCS §§ 213 et seq. of the United States Code. The Alcohol Beverage Labeling Act mandates that a government warning statement appear on all alcohol beverages for sale or distribution in the U.S.

Pursuant to 27 USCS § 215, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, or bottle for sale or distribution in the United States any alcoholic beverage unless the container of such beverage bears the following statement: "GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems."