Alcoholic beverages are heavily regulated, from the point of production to the point of sale. Regulations cover production, import and export, storage, handling, consumption, wholesale and retail sale, and taxation. These pages look at the main sets of rules in the UK and devolved administrations. Their precise application depends on individual business models, so you may need to take advice specific to your own needs. These pages are intended to help you identify the right questions.

 

Alcohol Taxation

We want an alcohol taxation system which is fair to moderate consumers and responsible businesses. This is the system...

Minimum Unit Pricing

What is the WSTA’s position on Minimum Unit Pricing? A minimum unit pricing policy, whether applied nationally or at...

Public Health

The WSTA has played a key role in shaping the industry’s commitments as part of the Public Health Responsibility...


Social Responsibility

The WSTA works with its members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol. More widely, we...

Regulation of Wine and Spirit products

A complex body of technical regulation, most of it EU law, governs all aspects of the wine and spirit...

Licensing Law in England and Wales

Licensing Act 2003 The Licensing Act 2003 established a system of licensing for the sale and supply of alcohol,...


Environment and Sustainability

Building a more environmentally sustainable industry is not only right in terms of social responsibility, it also makes good...

Facilitating Market Access

In an increasingly competitive global economy, and against the backdrop of Brexit, opening up new markets and opportunities for...

Distance Selling

Many of our members sell wine and spirit products via the internet or mail order. Distance retailing continues to...


Business Resilience and Tackling Fraud

Three simple things your business can do now 1. Appoint a senior person to be responsible for business resilience,...

Logistics, Customs & Excise

In common with all businesses, getting products to the right place, in the right condition, at the right time...

Devolved Issues

We work wherever possible in partnership with decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to address alcohol harm. However,...