Anthony Hopkins Celebrates 45 Years of Sobriety With a New Year’s Message of Hope
Legendary actor Anthony Hopkins is celebrating 45 years without alcohol, opening up about how he changed his life after nearly drinking himself to death.
In a video posted on Tuesday, just two days before his 83rd birthday, Hopkins told his fans in a clip posted on social media,
“45 years ago today, I had a wake-up call.”
“I was heading for disaster, drinking myself to death. I’m not preaching, but I got a message – a little thought that said ‘do you want to live or die?’ and I said ‘I want to live.’ And suddenly the relief came and life has been amazing.”
With gratitude, I celebrate 45 years of sobriety. pic.twitter.com/fxzMRGlI4m
— Anthony Hopkins (@AnthonyHopkins) December 29, 2020
He noted that even though he had “off days” and “little bits of doubt” since that crucial day in 1975, he wanted people to know that they had the strength in them to fight their own troubles.
“Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday,” he added.
“You young people: don’t give up. Just keep in there, keep fighting. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aide. That sustained me through my life.”
And although 2020 has been “a tough year full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people,” the actor shared a message of hope for next year.
“This is going to be the best year,” he said.
In 2019, Hopkins gave an interview alongside actor Brad Pitt and they talked about their issues with alcohol.
While they were on the set of Meet Joe Black (1998), Hopkins told Pitt how he had cut drinking, Pitt remembered.
Hopkins told Interview magazine:
“I look at it, and I think, ‘What a great blessing that was, because it was painful.” “I did some bad things. But it was all for a reason, in a way. And it’s strange to look back and think, ‘God, I did all those things?’ But it’s like there’s an inner voice that says, ‘It’s over. Done. Move on.”
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