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Noted authors to discuss teen drinking on April 24th and April 26th

Mother and son visiting Peoria area and suburban Chicago to share their struggles with teen drinking

DATE: April 16, 2007
CONTACT: Ted Penesis

CHICAGO—With prom season just around the corner, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) invites both parents and teens to hear mother Chris Volkmann and her son, Toren, share their struggles with teen drinking. They will be speaking at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, April 24, 6pm in the Metamora High School Auditorium, 101 W. Madison Street, Metamora.
  • Thursday, April 26, 7pm in the Oswego High School Auditorium, 4175 Route 71, Oswego.

No reservations are necessary and the cost is FREE. Chris and Toren are the authors of From Binge to Blackout, a nationally respected book about the consequences of underage drinking. Listen to the viewpoints of both mother and son during this riveting, enlightening, and heartbreakingly true story of a family that was able to confront the fear, pain, and denial that threatened to destroy them-and survive the epidemic of teenage drinking.

Attendees will learn invaluable facts and figures about the growing epidemic of teen drinking, alcoholism, and what parents can do to protect family and friends. Considered a rite of passage, teenage drinking has skyrocketed to epidemic proportions, fostering a generation of young adults whose lives are already beginning to come apart under the strain of alcoholism.

These speaking engagements are being presented as part of the ILCC's Don’t Be Sorry campaign, which is funded through a $100,000 traffic safety grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Don’t Be Sorry is designed to educate teens, parents, and liquor retailers on the consequences of underage drinking and providing alcohol to minors. (To order educational materials, visit on the web.)

During their April 23-26 visit, Chris and Toren will also address middle school and high school students in Kendall, Woodford, Carroll, Kane, and Whiteside counties. For more information about this program, please visit or call 312-814-4802.

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