Watch: Sir Anthony Hopkins marks sobriety landmark
Anthony Hopkins has said he 'probably' had 'not long to live' when he was battling addiction, as he marked 47 years of sobriety.
The Silence Of The Lambs legend — who has been open his problems with alcohol in the past — posted a moving video on Instagram as he reached the milestone.
He urged those still struggling to reach out for help and not to let anyone put them down.
"Hello everyone I just want to wish everyone a happy new year," he said.
"And also to say I'm celebrating 47 years today of sobriety."
The star, 84, said he wanted his message to be 'helpful' rather than 'heavy', telling fans: "I am a recovering alcoholic, and to you out there, know there are people struggling... be kind to yourself, be kind, stay out of the circle of toxicity with people if they offend you, live your life, be proud of your life."
Hopkins said 47 years ago he was in a 'desperate situation, in despair' and had 'probably not long to live'.
He said one day he acknowledged that there was something wrong.
"I didn't realise that it was a kind of condition, mental, physical condition called alcoholism or addiction," Hopkins said.
The actor urged anyone struggling, such as young people being bullied, to reach out for help, and recommended 12 step programmes.
"I'm not a do gooder," he said.
"I'm an old sinner like everyone but all I can say is I have the best life I can even imagine and I can't even take credit for it."
"Don't be ashamed, be proud of yourselves whatever you do, don't let anyone put you down," he said.
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