The war for drugs escalates at this time of year. Too many family reunions, dinners and parties mean that old and young alike are desperate for their meds. If you're new at this, I recommend something from the benzodiazepine family. Xanax, Ativan and Librium will do nicely if all you need to do is get through Christmas lunch without cutting a sibling's throat. However, if you're trying to avoid exposing Uncle March for the paedophile that he is, you might need one of the neuroleptics. Thorazine works well, but get your timing right. You don't want to be slack-jawed and drooling into the turkey with your paper hat over one eye while everyone else is pulling crackers.