Paramedics rushed to Lindsay Lohan‘s aid on June 15 when she was reported to be unresponsive in her California hotel room. The actress — who’s currently filming her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick — had succumbed to one of Hollywood’s most pernicious epidemics: dehydration. Though she recovered quickly (even writing a lighthearted tweet about the incident), the oft-cited condition is clearly a Hollywood scourge. Just days later, two Liz & Dick crew members bravely stepped forward to also seek treatment for not drinking enough water.
Is dehydration a new problem? No, it has plagued our stars and starlets for years. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have both publicly battled the arid affliction, while Lohan herself suffered an earlier episode in 2006. Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Caleb Followill, Nicole Richie, Kid Rock — dehydration can strike anyone anytime. Anytime, that is, they’re forgoing H[subscript 2]O. Next thing you know, you’re wandering down Ventura Boulevard in a hazy delirium waving a pistol and yelling at tourists. For real. Just ask dehydration sufferer Martin Lawrence.
That’s why EW stands firmly with our hand on the spigot, ready to remind everyone that a cure for dehydration is actually within reach. But you don’t have to take our word for it — because, conveniently, Dr. Camelia Davtyan, a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, agrees: ”Clearly, if you feel like you may be getting dehydrated, you should just hydrate.” Once we eradicate dehydration, we can turn our attention to other celebrity ailments like ”exhaustion” and ”overheating.” But for now, Hollywood, if you’re feeling parched, be it from too many lattes or a late night on the town, take a moment to replenish, and always remember: It gets wetter.