And no doubt there were women doing just that. But the feminist argument doesn't work. If the problem was that women were at home rather than in paid work, then the increase in women going out to do paid work should be improving the situation. Fewer women should now be relying on pills and alcohol to get by.
But the opposite has happened. The reliance on pills and alcohol has increased considerably. For instance, in America the situation is as follows:
More than one in four American women took at least one drug for conditions like anxiety and depression last year, according to an analysis of prescription data.
So more than a quarter of American women are now taking anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drugs. And this is the situation in the UK when it comes to alcohol consumption in middle-class homes:
Millions of middle-class women are drinking far more alcohol than they thought, according to official figures revealed.
...up to a third of women are drinking beyond safe limits every week - much higher than previous estimates.
The shock statistics also reveal the more you earn, the more you drink - with those in higher income groups consuming 30 per cent more alcohol than the working classes.
It confirms the warning by Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo last year when she said the most serious drinking problem was from middleclass, middle-aged people.
She told MPs: "That is where the serious and dramatic harm is increasing."
The ONS found that those in managerial and professional jobs drink 15.1 units a week, against 11.6 for those in routine and manual occupations.
Those in the very highest income brackets have even more.
Sarah Jarvis, a GP in London, said: "This is not scaremongering - this is a disaster.
"Older people think that because they are not going out vomiting in the street they are not binge drinkers but it is simply not true.
"I see thirty-somethings and forty-somethings with real health problems.
"A lot of them are holding down full-time jobs and don't think they have a problem.
"These people share a bottle of wine with their partner every night as well as having gin and tonics before supper."
The proportion of women drinking too much has leapt from a fifth to a third under the new calculations...
So according to official figures one in three women in the UK exceed safe alcohol consumption, with the problem being more acute amongst high earners.
Surely the evidence here is clear enough. Women are taking more pills and drinking more booze as society changes in a feminist direction - which leaves the valium argument discredited.