The Sesh: How The Internet Made Drug Use Cool

You’re going out for a night on the town with your pals, seems harmless right? Wrong. It’s 5am the morning after, you’re shaking uncontrollably, haven’t had a wink of sleep and are off ya nutter. But hey, that’s just a normal night on the sesh right? 

Welcome to 2017, where the sesh has well and truly taken over. ‘The sesh’ is defined as “an internet joke which documents the mindless excess of post-party drug and booze binges”. This craze known as the sesh is all over the internet, Facebook has thousands of meme pages Human’s Of Sesh, The Sesh and Ketflix & Pills. All of which have cult followings varying from 100 000 to 500 000.

Posted by Ketflix & Pills on Thursday, 13 July 2017

The sesh has well and truly taken over, people go out to see who can get the most ‘cooked’ and ‘fried’. The sesh has glorified drug-use and in return it’s become a scene of its own. Anna Ross who runs the Scottish Drug Policy Conversation Think Tank explained, 
it used to be that you were a clubber or you identified with a certain scene – now, taking ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis appears to be quite normalised”.

It is estimated that in 2014, 1 in 20 adults, a quarter of a billion people between the ages of 15 and 64 years used at least one kind of drug. So you can sense the bigger picture, that is equivalent of the combined populations of France, Germany, Italy and the UK. WHAT. Seems, a lot more people could be getting on the sesh than we think. You’re cute crush from down the road, you’re english teacher or hey, even your aunty could be havin a wild one.

"People are always asking me why I go round dressed up as a tree, well I just ask them this. Have you ever seen a tree…

Posted by Humans of The Sesh on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

How is it that something so dangerous has become so common? In 2017 Australians were rated among the highest users of ecstasy in the world. With a vast majority of pills varying in purity and laced with harmful chemicals, it makes you wonder why people continuously take these risks. The internet has undoubtedly played a massive part in normalising drug culture, Professor of Media and Culture Dave Boothroyd has researched into drug culture and found the growth is largely due to the nature of the internet. From newspapers sharing the negative impacts of drug use, to the internet – which leaves people to openly discuss how much fun they have. It’s memes, videos and stories, take a look below.

Always practise safe sesh: Ecstasy

Here is everything you need to know about taking ecstasy safely.

Posted by VICE UK on Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Another thing that needs to be noted about the video are the amount of comments, likes and shares it has. All these people have somehow related to this video, other people see it on their newsfeed and might think, “hey drugs aren’t that bad if Jenny does them?” and so the cycle continues. The more people talk openly about drugs equals more people willing to try drugs which then leads to more drug use. It’s not stopping there, Australia plans to introduce pill testing at music festivals. The point of this is for festival goers to see if their pills are safe or not. Statistics show that 25% of users at a festival in the UK discarded their substances after seeing what is in them. However, many question whether bringing pill testing in will help or just normalise drug use even more. After all, you don’t have to give your pills away if your testing them. 

Moral of the story Isthmus readers, the internet has managed to normalise drug use and turn it into a meme. A MEME. Whilst drug use CAN massive emphasis on the can be fun and games – it really is not something to play around with. Out of the 24.7 million people that used drugs in 2014, 20 million of those suffer from on going drug use disorders. Scary huh? And sadly, next to none of them do anything about it. 

Stay safe on the sesh everyone. 

And please, if you have a problem call the Alcohol and Drugs Foundation hotline on 1300 85 85 84.

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