'The Rite' film premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California.

'The Rite' film premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California.

Anthony Hopkins has revealed he turned to religion to help him battle his alcoholism.

The actor admitted he had a crisis in the 1970s that sparked one booze binge after another.

Appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight, the 73-year-old said: "I used to be an atheist. I was an agnostic for many years. [I had] a crisis in my life, some 35 years ago, and I was hellbent on destruction. And I just asked for a little bit of help, and suddenly, pow. It was just like, bingo. I was here in New York at the time and I was in desperate straights. I was drinking - couldn't stop. It was like being possessed by a demon, an addiction, and I couldn't stop. Suddenly, in Los Angeles, I made that quantum leap when I asked for help. I just found something and a woman talked to me and she said, 'Just trust in God.' And I said, 'Well, why not?' I think because I asked for help, which is a form of prayer. Because you - if the ego - if I say, 'Well, I can do it on my own. I can do anything on my own. I can conquer anything.' That's nonsense. I can't conquer anything."