Actor Anthony Hopkins spent some time on Tuesday reflecting with a grateful heart and celebrating 45 years of sobriety from alcoholism.
Hopkins, who won his Oscar for portraying Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs,” took to Twitter and offered a one-minute message of hope. He’s also won two Emmy Awards for his roles in “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case” and “The Bunker.”
“Forty-five years ago today, I had a wake-up call,” Hopkins said. “I was heading for disaster drinking myself to death. I got a little message that said: ‘Do you want to live or die?’ and I wanted to live.”
Take a minute and listen to Hopkins’ message to those suffering from substance abuse issues.
Anthony Hopkins Not Alone In Battle Against Alcoholism
Hopkins’ message is one that comes from somebody who admittedly has his off-days in sobriety. He’s also not the only celebrity who is walking the sober road one day at a time.
Drummer Tommy Lee opened up about his alcohol abuse and how he finally stopped drinking.
Lee spoke with Yahoo! Entertainment to promote his new album “Andro.” During the interview, he admitted to drinking two gallons of vodka a day last year before going to rehab.
Lee built a reputation for his partying lifestyle as the drummer for Motley Crue. Lee, and the rest of the band, became known for their excessive drinking, drug use, and antics in the 1980s and ’90s.
Tommy Lee Was Four Years Sober Before Going Back Out
“I was like, ‘Oh dude, I’ve got to stop,’” Lee said. “Like, I was drinking just out of boredom. I would just wake up and be just building [a cocktail with] just all vodka and just a little eyedropper of cranberry or lemonade.”
Lee said he was four years sober before he went “out-of-control” and started drinking again last year. The drummer had just finished a tour with Motley Crue. He said he felt “burnt out” afterward and would stay at home doing nothing but lounging in the pool and drinking.
“I was drinking two gallons — not pints, not quarts, but gallons, the big-handles — a day. That’s f–king crazy,” Lee said. Even Lee felt concerned for his health. “I just realized, ‘Whoa dude, you’re drinking enough to like, you could probably die.’”
Lee celebrated his 58th birthday in October as well as one year of sobriety. He said he’s fortunate not to have any lasting health issues from his alcohol and substance abuse.
H/T: Hollywood Reporter