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My name is Hannibal... I'm glad I'm an alcoholic; Anthony opens up to addicts.

OSCAR (Open System for CommunicAtion in Realtime) AOL's internal project name for AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). The core functions of OSCAR, known as the Basic OSCAR Services (BOS), include Login/Logoff, Locate (find out about other AIM users), Instant Message  winner Sir Anthony Hopkins Noun 1. Sir Anthony Hopkins - Welsh film actor (born in 1937)
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 stunned booze addicts at an AA meeting when he told them: "I'm glad I'm an alcoholic."

The 64-year-old Hannibal star insisted: "Oh yes, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

"Obviously, I'm sorry for the hurt I caused people - but being an alcoholic was an amazing and powerful experience."

More than 300 members of Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), worldwide organization dedicated to the treatment of alcoholics; founded 1935 by two alcoholics, one a New York broker, the other an Ohio physician.  at a meeting in Malibu, California Malibu is a city located in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 12,575.

The city of Malibu is a 27-mile (43.
, sat in silence at the extraordinary claims of the Welsh-born actor - who told them he'd been sober for 26 years.

Giving a remarkable and often tragic insight into his life, Sir Anthony revealed his love of booze - especially tequila.

He said: "God, how I loved tequila, such wonderful stuff.

"It used to give me strange hallucinations Hallucinations Definition

Hallucinations are false or distorted sensory experiences that appear to be real perceptions. These sensory impressions are generated by the mind rather than by any external stimuli, and may be seen, heard, felt, and even
 and occasionally it would provide strange spiritual awakenings, which is ridiculous for an atheist like me.

"There were some days when I'd drink a bottle of tequila and I didn't care if I died. I was so washed up, so empty."

Sir Anthony told rapt listeners that his father was an alcoholic - and he had decided to speak out because his mother was slowly dying.

He said: "She's ill and I am suddenly exposed to mortality. I have wasted too many years being angry, resentful and hostile. Now I realise I don't want this anymore. I need to be a productive member of AA and give something back."

Sir Anthony revealed he went to his first AA meeting on December 29, 1975 - and hasn't touched a drop since.

With tears running down his face, he claimed: "As God is my witness, an enormous powerful voice came into my mind. It said, 'It's all over now, you can start living. What's happened has been for a purpose, don't forget a moment of it.' Suddenly the craving to drink was taken from me."

He added: "Yes, I really am glad I'm an alcoholic. I'm not trying to be cool. It may not feel like it at times, but we are rich people. The scar tissue scar tissue
Dense, fibrous connective tissue that forms over a healed wound or cut.
 I have built up over the years is now my strength and power."

Sir Anthony started his acting career at the National Theatre in 1965. But films gave him huge success.

His most famous roles came in The Elephant Man Elephant Man
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, Remains of the Day, Howard's End, and Shadowlands.

His portrayal of serial-killer Hannibal Lecter Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris. Lecter is introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.  in Silence of the Lambs earned him international acclaim and an Oscar.

But he was already a hardened drinker when he arrived in Hollywood in the early 1970s - and eventually his second wife, Jenni Lynton, left him.

He said: "Her actions saved my life. Suddenly, I realised she wasn't going to help me anymore.

"She'd tolerated me longer than most. Other people simply wouldn't put up with my crap. I was a real loner loner Psychiatry A single young man estranged from society and family, who suffers from psychogenic pain, and tends to live 'on the edge', vacillating between aggression and depression; loners often have unrealistic goals, but are unable to work towards those goals . I threw friends away through hostility."

Sir Anthony said he lost all self-respect at the height of his passion for the bottle - and admitted: "I was drunk and insane.

"But I now realise I am the problem with my life. I am the killer of myself, I am a self destructive force."

lSir Anthony made his speech at the meeting as a fundraiser for AA. It was recorded on cassette and sold for pounds 2.50 a time.
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Date:Mar 1, 2002
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