"I got to be wild and nuts and I didn't suffer as much as people do now where they have to play it so safe that they ruin their credibility," the Daily Express quoted DiCaprio as telling US magazine Rolling Stone.
"I didn't care what anyone thought. It was also about avoiding the tornado of chaos, of potential downfall. It was, 'Wow, how lucky are we to not have hung out with that crowd or done those things?'" he said.
But the Hollywood star was keen to keep himself on track as a young heartthrob.
"My two main competitors in the beginning, the blond-haired kids I went to audition with, one hanged himself and the other died of a heroin overdose. I was never into drugs at all. There aren't any stories of me in a pool of my own vomit in a hotel room on the Hollywood strip," he said.