Our Efforts


The Washington State Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (RUaD) features members from 27 different state agencies and statewide organizations. 

Since 1998, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), has administered federal Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) funding for community and statewide programs.  The RUaD coalition was formed by a seven-member team who attended the 2005 National Meeting on Underage Drinking Prevention.  Leaders of key Washington agencies participated in the meeting and agreed to work together to combat underage drinking in the state.  DBHR then brought the agencies together as a coalition, and continues to support ongoing efforts, at the state level and in communities, to prevent underage drinking. 

The coalition co-chairs are Michael Langer with DSHS/DBHR, and Sharon Foster with the Liquor Control Board.

The coalition has produced statewide media campaigns reaching parents with prevention tools, and provided educational resources and support to community groups.  RUaD has also supported substantial changes to state policies and laws.