Anthony Hopkins is marking 48 years of not drinking alcohol. He shared a special and emotional message with his fans on New Year’s.

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Anthony Hopkins is a very famous actor, especially known for playing Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. While he’s been successful in his career, he’s had some tough times in his personal life.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, who is now 86 years old, struggled with alcohol addiction in the past, and he has been open about it. Recently, for his birthday, he made a rare video to talk to his fans worldwide.

In the video, he not only wished everyone a happy new year but also talked about his long career and his journey of overcoming addiction.

The video was shared on Friday, December 29th. In the video, the actor wished everyone a happy New Year and talked about his decision to stop drinking. He said, “Hello there, Happy New Year to you all! All of you having fun and drinking, it’s wonderful!”

The actor started his journey to stop drinking in December 1975. He encouraged fans who might be going through similar things to seek help, just like he did. He also shared, “Happy New Year, have a great time. If you get a hangover, remember me. I don’t get them anymore because 48 years ago today, I stopped. I got help for it, and my life changed. I don’t envy you having fun out there, but if you need help, there’s a time. Life is in session. Go for it.”

His 4.8 million followers appreciated the message and congratulated him on being sober for 48 years. One fan wrote, “Congrats on 48 years sober. What an inspiration you are. Happy New Year, Tony.”

“Inspiration & this may be my year, Thank you Tony!! You’re absolutely one of my heroes!” another fan added. “To 48 years of courage, resilience, and transfor mation. Your journey is a testament to the power of recovery. Congratulations!”

His fans joined in on sharing their sobriety stories. “Congratulations. My husband stopped 7 years ago. The best thing that ever happened to him.”

“Congratulations on 48!!! I got 2 years and 2 months in and they have been the most meaningful days of my life! Thanks for the encouragement,” another person added.