Not really... We have an equivalent - "I need money" - it could allow for it maybe in a different context such as Jerry MacGuire screaming "Show me the money!!" Muestrame el dinero!!! So the article can or cannot be used - but it is translated if it is... Sort of also like "Como leche" - I drink milk - Como la leche - I drink the milk
Indeed. No need of the article. Just like in English "They need money". The Jerry MacGuire example by dhaas70 is good. However, "como leche" sound weird (for any spanish speaking) in spite of the article. "Comer" means "eat". You actually drink milk, not eat it. So it should be said "(Yo) bebo leche".