A local Massachusetts beer writer who wrote the "Beer Nut" column for more than 12 years decided to end it on Wednesday to give himself "the opportunity to live".
Norman Miller said he finished the column because of the toll that had been taken on his body. He wrote in his last column in the Framingham Metro West Daily News. The city is about 25 miles west of Boston.
"It's not hyperbole, it's the truth. My lifestyle kills me. I'm middle-aged and obese," Miller wrote. "I have to make changes so I can see 45, especially 50 or more."
"Beer has become more than just a drink that I enjoy, it has become part of my persona. I don't just write the Beer Nut column, I AM the Beer Nut," he wrote. "But, if I want to live, I can't become Nut Beer anymore. And to be blunt, it sucks."
Miller said he sat a few nights a week and could drink five or six beers.
"I get more calories through beer than food, only drink a few days a week," he wrote.
He says obesity will overtake him as he gets older, and that weight has become a lifelong struggle.
He had to go to the emergency room twice for stomach problems, saying he wasn't ready to say goodbye to the many people he loved in his life.
"I want to live there for them," he said.
Supporters on social media leave comments about encouragement for writers.
"Norm is more important to the world than BeerNut," @JohnVaudo write on Twitter.
Miller plans to continue his routine work on criminal punches, which has been his main blow to local newspapers, The Boston Globe reported. He said he also enjoyed it, the report said.