The Lajnah ad-Da’imah was asked the following question:
Russians are accustomed to heavy drinking especially during the winter. Packed like sardines inside public buses, we smell the bad odor of alcohol issuing from their mouths. What is the ruling on getting a little dizzy on account of smelling alcohol?
It is better and safer for you to avoid boarding public vehicles with them. However, if you have no other choice, you may board with them and you are not considered intoxicated by smelling alcohol that issues from their mouths, even if it was annoying.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
AbdulFattaah bin Uthman