Sir Anthony Hopkins says he has found a way to enjoy his life since he pulled himself back "from the brink".
The Silence Of The Lambs star told TV Times magazine how he had managed to turn things around.
Oscar-winner Sir Anthony, 74, said: "I've been given such an amazing gift of life because I nearly killed myself with booze.
"I was drinking myself into oblivion, then, some 30-odd years ago, I thought, this is not the smartest way to go on.
"I could kill somebody one day in my car. Not a clever thing to do, driving drunk."
He said: "I pulled myself back from the brink by some force in myself which said I didn't want to die. It was as if a voice inside me, said, 'It's all over now, you can start living. It's all been for a purpose'."
The actor, who married art dealer turned actress and producer Stella Arroyave in 2003, added: "My life is much more stable and solid because I appreciate it more."