By Sydney Bucksbaum
December 30, 2020 at 01:31 PM EST
Credit: Greg Doherty/Getty

Anthony Hopkins is celebrating reaching 45 years of sobriety with an inspiring message to anyone who may be struggling like he did.

On Tuesday, the legendary actor posted a video on Twitter to honor the milestone and explained the "wake up call" that led to his decision to stop drinking.

"45 years ago today, I had a wake up call. I was heading for disaster, drinking myself to death," The Father star says in the black and white video. "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.' And suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing."

Hopkins was quick to add that it hasn't been an easy journey for him. "I have my off days and sometimes little bits of doubt and all that," he says. "But all in all, I say hang in there. Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday. You young people, don't give up. Just keep in there, just keep fighting. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. That's sustained me through my life."

Watch the full video message below:

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