Liquor Law and Legal Definition

Laws regulating liquor are primarily state statutes, which vary by state. State laws prohibit the manufacture of any alcoholic beverage of any kind or any alcoholic beverage of any kind illegally manufactured or transported within the state or imported into the state from any other place without authority of the alcoholic control board of the state. Laws cover the manufacture, sale, distribution, taxation and consumption of liquor. Local regulations also affect liquor sales, such as licensing enforcement and hours of sales.

States may have certain counties which prohibit liquor sales, and are referred to as "dry counties". Counties which sell alcohol are "wet counties". Liquor laws usually provide for the seizure of illegal liquor as contraband, as well as prohibiting illegal drinking places not authorized to serve liquor. Courts have imposed liability on private individuals, as well as entities, for serving liquor to a person who later causes harm due to being impaired.