In Women Drinkers (1976)program officer Bert Kruger Smith tackled the ever-looming threat of alcoholism, specifically among women. Smith noted the inequality between what was expected of male drinkers, who were "'shielded' by society until their drinking [was] more disabling," and female drinkers, who were not afforded this luxury and retreated into isolation as a result.

Smith also pointed out that isolation could be a cause as well as an effect of alcohol abuse, and she proposed that one way to reduce the number of female alcohol abusers was to reduce the amount of isolation felt by these women.