“How much alcohol is ‘safe’ to drink?” “Alcohol affects the lungs??? How?” In this Science Tales and Trails, we’ll discover the answers to these questions and more!
Alcohol misuse affects over 15 million people in the United States and increases the risk of developing lung infections, like pneumonia, in these people by up to 4 times! In the lungs, alveolar macrophages are one of the cell types responsible for engulfing and killing bacteria or viruses that cause infections. However, frequent, excessive alcohol use impairs the ability of alveolar macrophages to function properly. We’ll discuss how mitochondria, the “powerhouses” of the cell, play important roles in these alveolar macrophage functions and how different treatments being studied could lower the risk of lung infections in people who misuse alcohol.
– This event is a production of Science for Georgia.
– This event is free, kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and ADA compliant.
– RSVPs are not required to attend.
– Parking is at Monday Night Garage and at Rose Circle Park.
– Please message ahead if mobility assistance is needed.
– In case of rain, the event will begin at Monday Night Garage.
– If you arrive and the group has already left, our finishing point will be Monday Night Garage; catch up with us there.
– Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the weather.
– Bring drinking water and sunscreen.
– Please adhere to CDC Covid Guidelines
HOW TO FIND US:
Look for the sculpture by the basketball court at the park across the street from Monday Night Garage.