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Anthony Hopkins 'celebrates' 45 years of sobriety with inspiring message to fans

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Posted at 5:40 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 09:04:15-05

Actor Anthony Hopkins shared an uplifting message with fans to celebrate 45 years of sobriety.

“45 years ago today, I had a wake-up call, I was heading for disaster, drinking myself to death,” Hopkins says in the video message posted to Twitter Tuesday.

The actor, who will turn 83 on New Year’s Eve, described what happened when he reached a point of choosing to live or die.

“I said, ‘I want to live’ and suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing. I have off days, sometimes bits of doubt and all that, but all in all I say ‘hang in there,’” Hopkins said.

He then added some advice for those who may need to hear it.

“Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday,” Hopkins said.

He acknowledged the struggles of 2020, and that it has been a "tough year, full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people.” Then gave some encouragement, ending the video with “Happy New Year. This is going to be the best year.”