“Always be kind to yourself. Stay away from the circle of toxicity. Live your life, be proud of your life,” Sir Anthony Hopkins shared in a healthy Happy New Year video this week on Instagram. The 85-year-old actor took the opportunity to tell his 3.9 million subscribers that he was celebrating his 47 years of sobriety.

“I’m celebrating 47 years of sobriety today,” says the star of the iconic film The Silence of the Lambs, looking directly at the camera. This message is not meant to be heavy, but hopefully helpful. I am a recovering alcoholic and I know there are people everywhere who are struggling… 47 years ago I was in dire straits, I was in despair, and I had none. probably longer to live. But I was able to accept the fact that there was something wrong with me. »

Proud to say he’s been living a great, sober life for almost 50 years, the actor goes on to speak directly to people who are suffering all over the world, for all sorts of reasons.

“To young people, I say: don’t be intimidated, yes depression and anxiety are part of life (…) If you need help, talk to someone you respect, or go to follow the alcoholics anonymous 12-step program is everywhere and free. Wherever you are, never let anyone put you down. Be proud. »

Hundreds of fans, as well as many well-known personalities around the world, liked and commented on this powerful message of hope, including actor Hugh Jackman who, writing “Well said! “, garnered more than 2,000 likes.