In detail: Drinking in the UK
The new regime

Alcohol can be sold 24-hours-a-day, in theory at least, after a change in the law.

In reality very few pubs, bars, clubs and shops will be open round-the-clock.

But many have asked for variations to allow longer hours - mainly at weekends.

The introduction of the Licensing Act 2003 replaces laws for England and Wales from 1964.

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