A Joseph Rowntree Foundation study quantifying people’s basic necessities includes enough alcohol to get a single working-age person thoroughly drunk once a fortnight among the must-haves. The Financial Times leader column notes the conclusions were based on responses from focus groups which the newspaper thinks an odd approach. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that parents were thought to need less to drink than those who are childless and single. The Financial Times thinks this is a quaint view “even assuming Junior doesn’t break into the drinks cupboard”. Financial Times 05/07/08 page 12