A local Massachusetts beer writer who has penned the "Beer Nut" column for more than 12 years has decided to end it on Wednesday to give herself a "chance to live."
Norman Miller said he was finishing the column because of the toll he had taken on his body. He wrote in his last column at Framingham's Metro West Daily News. The city is about 25 miles west of Boston.
"That's not hyperbole, it's the truth. My lifestyle is killing me. I'm middle aged and obese," Miller wrote. "I need to make changes so I can see 45, let alone 50 or more."
"Beer has become more than just a beverage I enjoy, it has become part of my persona. I just do not write the Beer Nut column, I AM the Beer Nut," he wrote. "But, if I want to live, I can not be the Beer Nut anymore. And it's blunt, it sucks."
Miller said he sits down several nights a week and could have five or six beers a sitting.
"I'm getting more calories through beer than food just drinking a few days a week," he wrote.
He said obesity is catching up with him as he is getting older, and that weight has been a lifelong struggle.
He had to go to the emergency room twice for gastric problems, saying he's not ready to say goodbye to many people he cares about in his life.
"I want to live there for them," he said.
Supporters on social media leave comments on encouragement for the writer.
"Norm is more important to the world than BeerNut," @JohnVaudo wrote on twitter.
Miller plans to continue his regular work on the crime beat, which was his main beat for the local paper, The Boston Globe reported. He said he also enjoys that, the report said.