What does "drink the pain away" or "drinking my pain away" mean?

I've heard it in a song by Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias named Forgiveness. Here is the related part of the original lyrics:

I'm missing you baby
Up all night goin' crazy
Now my angel can't save me
Oh no!!!
I'm missing you baby
Up all night goin' crazy
Drinking my pain away-ehh-hey

  • If you could include a source of where you saw this phrase or the sentences before and after it, it might help us explain it more precisely in context.
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 7:52

1 Answer 1


"Drinking", without an object, is usually taken as referring to alcohol. So "drinking the pain away" means drinking so much alcohol that the pain goes away somehow - by being forgotten, being surpassed by some other drunken activity, or some other method of numbing the pain.

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