By Philip Fine   The USA's National Association of Beverage Retailers and the National Licensed Beverage Association are merging their two organisations on July 1, 2002. The combined association will be known as the American Beverage Licensees (ABL). Currently, the NLBA represents over 14,000 bars, restaurants, taverns, and alcoholic drinks stores across the country, while the NABR represents approximately 14,000 retailers.