That’s what is happening Wednesday, March 18, as Beer with a Scientist addresses “The good, the bad and the blurry: How has alcohol shaped society?” Alcoholic beverages are almost ubiquitous worldwide. This presentation will explain some of the biologic effects of alcohol, as well as its role in the development of human society. 

The University of Louisville event will be held at 8 p.m. at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St.

Speaking will be Gavin Arteel, PhD, professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UofL. Arteel and his lab’s research interests are focused on chronic liver disease, including acute and chronic alcohol-induced liver injury, the priming of the inflammatory response in liver, the sensitization of cytotoxic cell killing in liver and the mechanisms of hepatic regeneration and remodeling.

The Beer with a Scientist program began in 2014 and is the brainchild of UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, PhD. Once a month, the public is invited to enjoy exactly what the title promises: beer and science.

Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged. Organizers add that they also encourage Beer with a Scientist patrons to drink responsibly.

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Jill Scoggins is Director of Communications at UofL's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She has been at UofL since 2010.