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Sir Anthony Hopkins marks 45 years sober after 'drinking myself to death'

Sir Anthony Hopkins has told people to ‘keep fighting’ after sharing a heartfelt New Year message to mark 45 years of sobriety.

The actor, who has been a hit on Twitter throughout lockdown, reflected on ‘drinking himself to death’ in the past and detailed how he was motivated to turn his life around.

The 82-year-old confessed he still has ‘off days’ tries his best to ‘hang in there’ and wants others who may be feeling at a low point to do the same.

In a black and white video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Silence of the Lambs star reflected on the past year.

Sir Anthony said: ‘It’s been a tough year full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people, but 45 years ago today I had a wake up call.

‘I was headed for disaster, I was drinking myself to death. I’m not preachy but I got a message, a little thought that said, “Do you want to live or die?” and I said “I want to live”.’

He went on: ‘Suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing and I may have off days and sometimes little bits of doubt and all that, but all in all I say hang in there. Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about.

‘You young people, don’t give up. Just keep in there keep fighting. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. That’s the statement through my life.’

Finishing his video message Anthony said: ‘That’s all I’ve got to say. Happy New Year, this is gonna be the best year. Thank you.’

The actor has become popular on Twitter with his fun videos, including playing the piano to his cat, and taking on the Toosie Slide TikTok challenge.

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