How about this one:

But the authors highlight that their study account for people who may have changed their drinking habits and relied on data from people reporting their own drinking habits.

Meera Senthilingam, “Even one drink a day could be shortening your life expectancy”, CNN, 13 April 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/13/health/too-much-alcohol-drinking-limits-shorter-life-expectancy/index.html

What noun is governing number in the verb “account” here?  AuthorsPeople?